We are part of the solution

Sadly again SUICIDE is in the headlines.

I recently read that approximately every 40 minutes someone in the world takes their own life. What a sobering stat!

When I was in college I was one of those persons that ANSWERED the suicide hotline in Gainesville, FL. My shift was from 8 pm to 12 am. During those hours many people (of which a high percentage were students) suffered from despair. Listening to those calls, having peers contact police while I was on the phone with someone who made an attempt was more than challenging; my prayer is that we made a difference.

Are you or one of your loved ones at risk of suicide?

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call someone. The National Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-273-8255.

I pray that each of us are more aware of the inner turmoil the people around us are experiencing. Reach out to them.

Reposting a previous blog of mine from 2016.

LifeWhataJoy

This afternoon I sat back in my recliner, put my feet up and opened Facebook. Looking for something sweet and cute to view…perhaps another animal video, a yummy recipe, or someone’s vacation pictures.

Instead I read a friend’s FB post about a person she follows on Twitter who lives in the UK. He had just posted he had taken an overdose of pain medication…90 pills!!

She had been unable to contact the UK police. So now what?

We are on the other side of the Atlantic, but that was not going to stop me from reaching out. I thought perhaps the USA Suicide Hotline might help, but they cannot do anything about international suicide attempts.

Next I looked at his Twitter account…just who is he and where does he live? Would he have his location listed on his Twitter account? YES!

His hometown was listed. I knew my phone did…

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