SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH


Instead of a Case in Point during Suicide Prevention Month, HALO is shining the light on one of the leading causes of death in our nation. An article published by BREAKPOINT, September 12, 2019, “A Light in the Darkness: How We Can All Help Prevent Suicides,” by Jeremiah Johnston, is an excellent resource. Here are a few quotes from Mr. Johnston’s article:
More US citizens kill themselves than kill one another each year, stark evidence proving we are all far more dangerous to ourselves than we are to other people. Until you have been brought to the brink, you may not understand the intensity of another’s struggle that might trigger an attempt.”
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10 to 19-year-olds. Nationally, we lose more than 2,000 children and teens per year. To put that into context, we have another 9/11 body-count every eighteen months among our children. It is legitimate to ask your child directly, “Have you ever considered ending your life?” Speaking to a young person about suicide increases the chance they will talk to us and get the help they need.”
Save The Suicide Prevention Lifeline in your phone contacts: 1-800-273-8255. This is the number for you to call if you know someone who is struggling, and you find you need information about how to help. It’s also the number to call if you are thinking about suicide yourself.”
You are not alone. You have the power to save lives; it might even be your own.” [Emphasis added.]
Read the entire article HERE.

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