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World Suicide Day

mental health suicide Sep 10, 2020
Prevent veteran suicide

I am guessing that this day is set aside as a remembrance kind of day, a day for those who have lost someone to suicide, as well as a reminder to all of us that life. is. fragile.

I've known a handful of people whom I've lost to suicide.  The one who stands out the most was a teenager, a child of a friend of mine.

Many people say, "if I had only known." This is understandable. Being a species that is intent on its survival, we need to care about others. Lone wolves don't fare well. In this current time of the pandemic, we are more separated than ever, yet living on top of each other like never before. These are strange times.

If you are a suicide survivor, someone who is contemplating suicide, or know someone who is, help is available.  In the US, the hotline is 1-800-273-8255.  If you are a veteran, you can press "1" once they answer, and you will be directed to a Veteran's Specialist, who will relay your information directly to the Suicide Prevention program at your local VA Hospital, who will then reach out to you directly.

Reach out to those who might not reach out.