Lighting a Candle near a Window at 8 PM offers people who cannot participate in a World Suicide Prevention Day event the opportunity to observe the Day in a private and personal way. Visit the official website here: IASP – World Suicide Prevention Day
The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year is “Stigma: A Major Barrier to suicide Prevention.” Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.
This is from the blog of a woman who lost her daughter to suicide this past April. Her words touch my heart and soul, as they will anyone who has lost someone dear to them. Suicide does not end a person’s pain. It hands the pain over to those that love them most. If you, or someone you know is in crises, please get help!
I went to your grave again today Kaitlyn. It’s the first time I’ve been since they placed your stone several days ago. It had just quit raining. There it stood, so very beautiful, but so very sad. The shape of a tear drop, nothing could be more appropriate.
There was some mud on the top of the base where it had rained on the freshly uncovered ground when they placed your stone. I wiped some of it off but couldn’t do a very good job with my hands. I vowed that I would keep a smooth cloth in my car from now on for the purpose of keeping dirt off your stone.
I ran my hands across your beautiful picture of the young woman that shouldn’t be there. Every time I run my fingers over any of your images, I feel your presence. I ran my fingers over the beautiful…