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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
My husband killed himself 21 years ago and I still think about it on a daily basis. I think that the most challenging aspect of this was that he left behind three amazing sons...all of whom have grown into fantastic young men. His death gave me a gift of sorts...I never hear a person mention the fact that he/she is suicdal or thinking about killing himself/herself without taking it totally seriously.
This has served me well both personally and professionally. I am the director of the Crisis Line Program for Oregon Partnership...one of the crisis lines that comprisise our program is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK). We have experienced a huge increase in calls due to a number of factors, one of which is the economy and its impact on individuals.
I also facilitate a support group for family members and other loved ones who have experienced the loss of someone they care about due to suicide. This group can be a powerful tool for the healing process as group members are able to connect with others in their community who have had a similar experience and they can share freely how they are coping.
Lastly, I have the honor of being on a national committee for survivors of suicide. This is organized by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and is comprisied of professionals as well as lay people who have either survived a loved ones' suicide or attempted suicide.
People who are suicidal can be helped. It is a myth that folks who talk about suicide are "not going to do it". The staff and volunteers who run our suicide crisis line have had 56 hours of training, including 16 hours of peer counseling devoted solely to suicide prevention.
Not only can suicidal individuals be helped, but those who survive the suicide of someone they love can heal. It may not seem so after a recent death, but time,support and self -care can all contribute to that healing process.
Our Lifeline is here 24/7 to assist people who feel suicidal, who have attempted suicide, or are survivors of loved ones who have killed themselves. I am so grateful that you're devoting a show to this incredibly important topic...one that truly needs to be de-stigmatized. Thank you.
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