September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. The Little Blog of Letting Go, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health organization (WHO) are encouraging people to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost through suicide, and for the survivors of suicide.
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.
Wonderful post about helping a depressed spouse. This blog is devoted to those supporting a depressed loved one. Check them out!
- Most of America Would Like to Die Before Their Spouses (howaboutwe.com)
- Finding Something to talk about… (kurtisthered.wordpress.com)
- Simple Ways On How To Battle Against Depression (socialpoweredcontent.com)
- Dealing with Depression: Men Less Likely to Seek Help (scienceworldreport.com)
- Study shows men just as likely to be depressed as women (latimes.com)
Getting your spouse to discuss the possible presence of depression is no small feat. Many times when Bern and I have led groups or offered presentations, the most difficult question to tackle is “How do I get my husband to even hear me?” And yes, it is almost always a woman asking about her husband, rather than the other way around.
This past week when we met with the support group we lead, a new friend joined us. And she asked the big question. She was considering the fact that her husband was self-medicating with alcohol, that fact that he has a family history of bipolar disorder, the fact that his sleep regimen is a complete wreck…over all, she was adding two and two and coming up with a “four” that made her feel very concerned. Combine all this with the fact that her husband refuses to see any kind…
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“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” ~ J.M. Power
Words of wisdom today by Buddha – one of my personal heroes 😉