Friday, September 10, 2010

World Suicide Prevention Day


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Suicide is a significant issue for all people, everywhere. But it's an especially important topic to discuss in the pain community. Living with severe and unrelenting pain and the depression that often accompanies it can lead to a downward spiral we're powerless to stop ourselves. We need each other for support and to help us get our feet back under us when our situations threaten to become too much.

In light of this, I want you to know that today is World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme Take 5 to Save Lives for the 2010 campaign stands for 5 simple points for increasing suicide risk awareness.

(1) Learn the warning signs of suicide risk: Warning Signs for Suicide.

(2) Join the movement to save lives by using your Facebook status and Twitter account to spread this message. You can also join the virtual event on Facebook: World Suicide Prevention Day Event.

(3) Spread the word. Commit to telling at least 5 people what you have learned today.

(4) Support a friend. If you know someone who is struggling (online or offline) extend a helping hand. You have the power to save a life.

(5) Reach out for help. If you or a friend have concerns call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for help.


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