World Suicide Prevention Day

Well, apparently the President Proclamation* naming September 10th to be World Suicide Prevention Day isn’t overly news-worthy. I have news on just about all day and didn’t hear anything about it.  I understand that it’s a day that’s supposed to make people focus on the issue, just like National Suicide Prevention Week is supposed to bring focus on the problem for a whole week.  I’m sure there’s also a suicide prevention month, but here’s the problem…

Suicide happens every day.

Suicides happen every day.

Multiple suicides happen every day.

Okay…did you get that yet?

 

Too many people take their own lives every day.

 

Suicide is a big problem in the United States, and around the world.

I’m not talking about those who have terminal illness who’ve thought rationally about their decision to end their life, their suffering, with as much dignity as they can.  I’m sure those are also included in the statistics, but they aren’t really the focus of this post.

The suicides that concern me are the ones in which someone reaching out to the individual considering taking their own life might have made a difference.  I’m writing this for the people out there who have trouble in their life that they just don’t see a way through, whether it’s problems in school, home life, bullying, PTSD, finances, and any myriad other issues.  In most instances, the person struggling just can’t see past their problem(s).  Many times, all it takes is someone intervening, talking to them, showing them that they aren’t the only person dealing with that problem…giving them hope, showing them that there is a way through the trouble.

Is it a guarantee that intervening will prevent every suicide?  Of course not, but it’s certainly worth trying.

Learn to recognize the signs of someone considering suicide.

Learn the risk factors.

Get involved!

Keep it going all year, not just for a month, a week, or a day.

You can make a difference.

You could save a life.

 

Here’s a Music Monday post I wrote a few years ago:  Music Monday – Don’t Try Suicide.  The discussion of the last video, Lucky One by Mike Corrado, talks briefly about PTSD.  The post also has a few links to websites focused on suicide prevention and information.

*I didn’t realize one country’s president can designate anything a Worldwide event, regardless of how important, but I guess our President’s ego is big enough to dictate such. 

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Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – June 8 – 14, 2015

June 8th

The road has got me hypnotized
And I’m spinning into a new sunrise

from “Radar Love” by White Lion

Been there. Done that. It’s not so much fun as you get older.


June 9th

But I still believe
I still believe
Through the pain
And through the grief

from “I Still Believe” by Tim Capello

A great song from a great vampire movie.


June 10th

Oh I knew there’d be hell to pay
But that crossed my mind a little too late

from “What Was I Thinkin'” by Dierks Bentley

There are consequences to everything…try to engage your brain before letting the ‘little head’ takes over.


June 11th

It’s funny how life turns out
The odds of faith in the face of doubt
Camera One closes in
The soundtrack starts, the scene begins

from “Camera One” by Josh Joplin

Not exactly a great “pick me up” song, but its subtle message of keeping the faith and not giving in to despair is a good one.  Everyone has periods of darkness, bad times.  If you cut your life short, you’ll never have a chance to see the other side.


June 12th

The time was 6 o’clock
On the Swatch watch
No time to chill, got a date
Can’t be late

from “Do Me!” by Bell Biv Devoe

Being late is never good, especially for a date.  It gives the impression that you don’t really value your date or their time.  Make sure your Swatch is keeping an accurate time.  Maybe wear three or four just to be sure.

 

Music Monday – Don’t Try Suicide

If you are thinking about suicide, find someone you can trust and tell them you need their help or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).  Their is absolutely NO SHAME in asking for help!
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  As such, the three selections today all deal with the subject of suicide.  The artists: Queen, Kix, and Mike Corrado.
While I generally find Queen’s lyrics to be witty or insightful, or thought-provoking, I’m really not sure about this one.  It first glance, it sounds straight forward: don’t try suicide.  Rather than going for the slower, heart-wrenching, depressing sound that most songs about suicide use, Queen went uptempo sound with a catchy sound.  A few lines seem a bit out there, but the ones I have a real problem with are in the chorus:  “Nobody cares” and “nobody gives a damn.”  I would say that, as a rule, that would be completely wrong.  There is always someone who cares…someone who gives a damn.  If you’re in the suicidal state of mind, you may not “see” them, but they are there.
For those of you who do care and give a damn, learn the warning signs of suicide.  Most people who attempt suicide exhibit certain behaviors, little “tells” that something isn’t right.  It’s our job, as the people who care, to try to notice these changes, however minor or insignificant they may seem, and provide help.  It can be as blunt as asking the person “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”  If you get anything other than a “no”…a solid “no”, don’t leave them.  Drag their butt to someone who’s a professional at dealing with people thinking about suicide.  They may tell you they don’t need it.  They may tell you that they will hate you or will never forgive you, but you know what?  They have to be alive to do that.
Check out the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Warning Signs of Suicide.
“There’s no one there to hold you
No one hears your scream
You live life up and down now
Your nightmares are your dreams” -from Don’t Close Your Eyes by Kix
Kix’s Don’t Close Your Eyes has a hauntingly bleak sound to it, but it’s message is “You’re hurting and no one seems to be there for you, but as bad as it is, I am here for you…I’m praying for you.”
Patriot Day being tomorrow in the U.S. fits right into this post, as we are seeing way too many of our military brethren succumbing to suicide and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Mike Corrado, a Marine and a talented musician, wrote “Lucky One” in an effort to shed some light on the problem of PTSD, an all-too-often silent killer of our troops who were the one ‘lucky’ enough to survive their combat tours.  In Mike’s words, “It’s easy to see service members with physical scars but much more difficult to see the ‘scars that hide deep inside’ of those suffering with PTSD.”  “Lucky One” was also used as a Public Service Announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has a page of information to consider if you’re Thinking About Suicide…or if you simply want to read up on some good info in case you ever find yourself talking to a friend, or complete stranger, in need.
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