Suicide is not a topic that anyone really wants to talk about, but one that everyone needs to be aware of. In today’s society, it is rare for someone not to have been touched in some way by a loved one who has attempted or completed suicide.
As I’ve mentioned before, I work for a police department, in the last week alone, we have had 3 completed suicides; one of which I took the 911 call for. The sadness of these losses within the community are heartbreaking.
I have been a 911 dispatcher for over 11 years, 8 in a College setting and 3 in a rural community setting. In that 11 years, I have had only a handful of people threatening suicide, but this week was the first completed. Made even more difficult by the fact that he was a co-worker, someone I had worked with for 3 years and only met in person the week before.
The last week has not been my first brush with suicide, nor I’m sure will it be the last. Make sure you talk to your loved ones, the signs are not always there, but make sure you at least talk about it. Open up a dialog with your family to make sure you know what is going on with each other.
I’m not an expert, far from it. But it’s a conversation that needs to be had.
If you are in crisis, please:
- Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Text TALK to 741741
- If you don’t like talking on the phone, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a chat feature.
It doesn’t matter how you open up, but do it. Use the resources or talk to a trusted friend or family member. Whatever you do, don’t keep it bottled up inside.
If you want to advocate or just support a cause there are many out there, the one I’ve had the most experience with is the the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They worked closely with a family I worked for who’s daughter completed suicide several years ago. We did an “Out of Darkness Walk” for the Community to raise awareness. They are a great foundation and very supportive to the survivors. (Note: I have no affiliation with this organization other than through previous experience.)
I’ll get off my soap box now, and wish you all a wonderful day.