April 5, 2012

Helping those experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , , , , at 1:12 pm by Every Cent Counts

According to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, every 38 seconds someone in the U.S. attempts suicide; every 15.2 minutes someone in the U.S. dies by suicide.  Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind an average of six loved ones or survivors.

These numbers are alarming and serve as a constant reminder of the prevalence of a topic seldom discussed in public. Many people are afraid that discussing suicide with someone having suicidal thoughts could send them over the edge or give them ideas for ending their life. This is not the case, in many cases discussing suicide and their feelings is a sign that someone cares, and that they have a person they can trust to process how they feel.

I cannot tell you how many times I talked to people having thoughts of suicide while working in Suicide Prevention and answering the crisis lines. One of the most common feelings they expressed after talking with me, is a sense that their was someone out there that truly cared. They don’t necessarily want a solution to their problem, but a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide please call 2-1-1, or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime 24/7. There is always someone willing to speak with you. Or you can log onto www.crisiscenter.com for more information.

If you would like to help one of our clients from our Suicide Prevention Program, visit our website at www.everycentcounts.org



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