September 10th, 2011. I never knew how much weight this day would carry until a couple of months ago. Frankly, I didn’t know much about National Suicide Prevention Day, but that’s what today is. Today is a day towork to erase the stigma of suicide and give people a chance to actually talk about it.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (http://www.iasp.info/wspd//) is in it’s 50th year of preventing suicide and working to give people a voice. The theme the IASP chose for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is “Preventing Suicide in Multicultural Societies”. One of the biggest problems that comes along with suicide is the terrible stigma that is attached to it. Just because it is a horrible act and hurts so many people doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be talked about, if anything, it should be the complete opposite. The IASP has recognized the fact that suicide knows no race, age, or religion. It is happening all over the world and yet it is still getting ignored, or at least not talked about by most. Today is a big day for a lot of people, myself included.
There are walks, meetings, fundraisers, and many other ways to get involved all over the country to help spread the word about suicide prevention. Tonight, I’m asking that you take a minute to think about all those who took their own lives. Walk to the nearest window, look out into the night sky…the stars are out, there’s a beautiful moon shining in through mine. Take a moment to light a candle. It’s the easiest way to help support and remember. As I sit here tonight and watch the candle flicker in the breeze coming through the window I’m thinking about the person I lost. Won’t you do the same?
(For more ways to get involved: http://www.iasp.info/wspd/2010_wspd.php)