Suicide Prevention Day…& Picking Up the Trash???

Today is Suicide Prevention Day, and of all the things I have shared that I could relate back to Suicide Prevention Day, I am surprised at what firstly comes to mind…helping others (keep reading…it will make snese, I think =) While this is my main goal in opening my closet to let you all see my skeletons, I find that today I am interpreting the idea of helping others in a much broader stroke, not simply helping those suffering from Mental Illness.

How often do we complain about taxes, lack of access to healthcare, the poor economy, or people committing crimes? Always and forever we discuss how these things bother us, but today I ask, how often have we decided to refocus our energy to become a solution to the things that cause us to complain? “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem,” said some wise person, and I truly believe it.

So, in my broad stroke thinking on Suicide Prevention Day, I suggest that you reach out to support a care or concern that is near and dear to you. Volunteering on a suicide prevention helpline would be fabulous, and I would mark you down for 100 brownie points!… but so would helping out with an after-school reading program, writing to your government representative about an issue that you believe in, or simply deciding that the trash in your neighborhood isn’t going to throw itself away, so out the door you go with gloves and a trash bag!

Making a difference in someone’s life isn’t just about one specific issue or one specific day. When the world is a better place, each specific issue we face becomes easier to conquer…whatever it may be.

“No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.” ~http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Want to make your world a better place? Here are a few places to start! Click on the logos below!

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Find Your Representative

Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member’s website and contact page. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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Many crisis centers in the Lifeline network are primarily staffed by volunteers, and they need your support. Search the Crisis Center Locator to find the center closest to you, then contact them to ask about volunteer opportunities.

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