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Out of the Darkness --- Suicide Prevention


#1

If you are feeling suicidal, please, please tell someone — a friend or family member, a teacher, a doctor or therapist or call 911. You can also call a suicide prevention hotline—these are available in the U.S. and in many other countries.

https://afsp.org/find-support/

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

Early this morning, a friend and I participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Oakland. My friend was one of many hundreds of walk participants who have lost a loved one to suicide and who are determined to make a difference and raise funds for research and outreach programs to help prevent suicide.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) holds these community walks throughout the U.S. to raise funds in order to understand and prevent suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reach out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

It was both heartwarming and sad for me to accompany my friend on this walk. There were so many people there who had lost a loved one to suicide. Every life matters.


#2

@Moonbeam

You’re inspirational.

We need more people in the world like you :heart:


#3

Thank you Moonbeam, I have been feeling pretty desperate myself on and off the past few days.

I lost my best friend to suicide.

But your post is very heart-warming and inspiring to me.

Blessings to you and your friend.

:heart: :pray: - Monte


#4

Thanks @kindness. I would say that it’s the people like my friend who are inspirational. There are so many like her, who are honoring their loved one’s memory by fighting for this important cause. There were over 650 people who registered for this event and over $60K was raised, just from this one community walk.


#5

I’d like to add this resource:


#6

Thanks for adding that link.


#7

@Moonbeam

Thanks for all you do in suicide prevention.


#8

Brilliant post moon siz…


#9

I’m sorry that you’re not feeling well @Montezuma. I hope things start getting better for you.


#10

Life should be preserved at all costs.


#11

It’s especially this time of year that makes me wonder what keeps we szs from joining in the festivities. I, too, cannot seem to let down my guard…


#12

It seems like the colder weather can be distressing for people as can the holiday season.


#13

A fear of suffering is suffering in itself.


#14

Thank You @Moonbeam.


#15

If I sounded off every time I thought about suicide I never would leave the hospital.