What do you do when a friend, family member or client mentions thoughts of suicide? Besides panicking I mean. This is not an everyday occurrence in most of our lives but it can happen and when it does I want to be prepared to deal with it in the best way possible. To this end I have signed up along with fellow Reiki Therapists Suicide Prevention Training presented by Newton Cares: Coalition for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. Join us!
These particular training sessions are 2 hours long and are FREE! The next available session is 10/15/15. There we will learn the QPR (Question Persuade, Refer) method which teaches how to recognize an emergency of this nature and how/where to get a person at risk the help they need.
For those of you not in the Greater Boston area please see American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for similar programs and resources nationally.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and according to AFSP, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide. In 2013 (the most recent year for which full data are available), 41,149 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 12.8 minutes.” Also for every suicide death, twelve others have been attempted.
Oh my gosh. This is so serious. I am depressing myself here with these statistics and thoughts. I am not joking about it, as I’ve been close to the brink myself. I like this image and quote and will be putting it up in my office:
It’s true! Right? Let’s let everyone know that they are so worthy of being here.(Yes, even those PIA’s in your office) In fact we all have a divine purpose here. If you’re feeling a bit out of control with your emotions come see me for some Reiki healing and if you are far out of balance I will now know just how to help you.
p.s. Here is an suicide compilation article which I must confess I cannot read in full because although the stories seem to end on an up note, the getting there is too intense for me. And here also is a quick resource number should you need it: