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World Suicide Prevention Day: In a Minute You Can Change a Life

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed September 10th to be annual World Suicide Prevention Day. The WHO sponsors this event with the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

As those who have followed my blogs for some time and read Pathways to Illumination already know, I tried to take my life. It was several years ago, and I have grown stronger, particularly in the past few years. Do I want pity? Heck no. I share this personal note as it explains my passion for helping people through issues such as domestic abuse, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Truly I do want women who are abused to know they can get help and don’t deserve this treatment (the same, of course, holds true for any gender but I focus on women with my advocacy work).

Take one of a minute to help someone in despair

Show you care on World Suicide Prevention Day. Pexels photo (CC0).

The 2017 theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is “Take a Minute, Change a Life.” Powerful, right?! As with many mental health issues, suicidal tenancies have a stigma surrounding them. This only strengthens a society that keeps to themselves and is less likely to reach out for help. The 2017 theme, therefore, is a great one as it encourages discussions – just listening for a minute can be all that someone who is hurting wants and can mean the prevention of a suicidal act.

Here in Canada, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention estimates that about 11 people a day end their life by suicide. These may not be people I know but they are part of the country I am so proud to live in, and every life has value! This is a local and worldwide issue that deserves our attention. Whether it be the person who is having suicidal thoughts or the family grieving from the loss of a loved one who took their own life, there are many people who can use our help.

Did you know that each day has 1,440 minutes? That’s a whole lot of chances to help someone! As I’ve said before, the small things are really big ones! And also the power of a group can really account for positive change around the globe.

Here’s what you can do today:

  • Start to think about what you can do in a minute to positively affect a life.
  • Send out a message about World Suicide Prevention Day on social media.
  • Light a candle at a window at 8 pm on September 10th as a symbol of compassion and care. The candle doubles as a symbol of those who grieve a loss due to suicide.
  • Order a World Suicide Prevention Day ribbon to show your support openly.
  • Reach out to someone who is in despair. If you’ve been worried about someone, please take a minute to connect with this individual. Doing so may change their path for the better.
  • Participate in one of the many events going on worldwide to encourage suicide awareness and prevention.

Sending love ♥

Christy

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53 Comments

  1. Jay September 10, 2017

    Sending love right back.

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      <3 Thank you!

  2. glimmersofsilver September 10, 2017

    Thank you for all you are doing to help break down the stigma. Since I started blogging I’ve learned so much about other countries’ mental health systems and failures. Stigma is a universal barrier and it’s encouraging to see so many working towards changing that.

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Stigma IS universal when it comes to mental health – you’re spot on (unfortunately) with that! Thank you for speaking up about challenges xx

  3. Ben Aqiba September 10, 2017

    Christy,

    I did not know that. That was the terible experience I believe. Suicide is in most cases a call for help. But the biggest help we can provide from ourself

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Let’s continue to champion for causes close to our hearts, Ben xx

  4. Sue Dreamwalker September 10, 2017

    This is a very important post Christy.. This subject of suicide was brought home recently on a local TV broadcast that hit home at the government for cutting funds to a women’s refuge centre.. Two woman came forward bravely, and another anonymously for fear of her x getting to know where she was, to say without the shelter and help given they would have committed suicide as they could see no other way out..
    People should become more aware and see what can be done to help prevent it..
    Also teenage suicide rates have gone up tremendously here in the UK .. We do not see the pressures inflicted upon teens, educationally and emotionally.. The rates have dramatically increased in teenage boys..
    Brilliant to highlight this Christy xxx
    Thank you xx <3

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Oh Sue, the increasing rates you mention break my heart – I do hope the government steps in there with initiatives that can help and also campaigns to spread awareness. Through education we can all learn how to help more effectively those in need… Thank you for being a strong voice xxoo

    2. Sue Dreamwalker September 12, 2017

      No, thank YOU Christy for bringing the awareness.. <3 xxx

    3. Christy B September 12, 2017

      Oh Sue! <3 <3 and more <3

  5. prior.. September 10, 2017

    thanks – I did not know….
    peace

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    1. prior.. September 10, 2017

      and I recently just mentioned how the lead singer from Linkin Park committed suicide – just came up as i shared a family memory – and so I linked your post to the end of that post as a resource – so thanks again C

    2. Christy B September 10, 2017

      I appreciate the thoughtful addition to your post, Y. I’m proud to have such caring friends xo

    3. prior.. September 10, 2017

      thanks, C- and I appreciated tour timely post – ttys
      :)

  6. lorriebowden September 10, 2017

    Sending beautiful thoughts of love and support!! <3 Thanks for bringing awareness to this very lonely subject!!

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Thank YOU for speaking up too, Lorrie <3

  7. shehannemoore September 10, 2017

    Christy, brave lady, a wonderful post. So very proud of you xxxxxx

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Oh Shey, you’re beautiful xxoo

  8. Teagan R. Geneviene September 10, 2017

    A lovely post Christy, and so very important. We can never know quite how much pain dwells in another’s heart, or how desperate they might be ( as Sue pointed out). May you continue to shine, an inspiring light to all of us. Thrive on my friend! (My candle is ready for 8 PM.)

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    1. Christy B September 10, 2017

      Thank you, dear Teagan, and I’ll join you tonight <3

  9. Marje @ Kyrosmagica September 10, 2017

    So very brave of you to post this Christy. My brothers girlfriend attempted to kill herself many years ago and the memories remain. He rushed her to hospital and thankfully she survived . Her sadness was due to her constant battle with ME. Unfortunately she is still debilitated by ME but he has helped her and stayed with her. He is the kindest person I know, I am so proud of him but sad that she can’t be well to live life to the full.

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Marje, it sounds like your son is a caring soul – and he must take after you as you are so that way!! I’m glad she has that support from your son and appreciate that you understand what it took to write this post xx Your reblog, once again, meant a lot to me

    2. Marje @ Kyrosmagica September 12, 2017

      Thank you Christy. I have no son, only daughters! My brother is the caring soul. Happy to share the word on such an important topic that means so much to you and countless others. :) xx

    3. Christy B September 12, 2017

      Oh I’m sorry for misreading your comment, Marje! My bad.. I’m glad you corrected me! Let’s continue to raise awareness for the topics that we are passionate about. I hope you are having a good week xx

    4. Marje @ Kyrosmagica September 12, 2017

      No worries Christy. I’ve been making lots of mistakes today too. Sent off a couple of blog tour posts with incorrectly spelt names! Got a cracking headache so no wonder! Yes I agree raising awareness is so important especially for such important topics. All the best for a great week. xx

  10. Sparkling Dawn September 10, 2017

    Sending love and hugs right back, such a brave and worthwhile post. It only takes a minute to reach out to someone and it could make such a difference to them ❤️

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Yes!! Only a minute. That’s no time at all! Hugs, Dawn. I love your support here xx

  11. Resa September 10, 2017

    I have a candle burning in one of my windows. <3
    The cats are lurking, but I have told them in no uncertain terms…. Back off!

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      SOOOOO glad to have had our candles burning in support <3

  12. Bonnie A. McKeegan September 10, 2017

    Reblogged this on Bonnie A. McKeegan Psychotherapist & Author and commented:
    I found a great post about World Suicide Prevention Day (today!) on an amazing website focused on spotlighting inspirational women.

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  13. Bonnie A. McKeegan September 10, 2017

    I have just discovered your blog and reblogged your informative post on suicide. I’ve been so “hunkered down” in my own world recently I didn’t even realize it was Suicide Awareness Day until I saw your post! Thank you for posting about it! YOU are an inspiration! My candle is lit.

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    1. Christy B September 11, 2017

      Bonnie, what a joy to see your encouraging post here! I am so glad you joined us in lighting a candle and thinking of those in pain ~ May our thoughts of hope help them. I’m glad to have you here!

    2. Bonnie A. McKeegan September 11, 2017

      Thank you! Glad to have found your wonderful site!

    3. Christy B September 12, 2017

      Right back at you!

  14. sirjpblog September 11, 2017

    Awesome! We equally need to make ourselves and others understand how cowardly and selfish a suicide act is. Moreover, it wrecks the people left to mourn and it’s never delightful at all. In all situations we must bear in mind that there are lots of solutions away from taking our lives. Let’s do it for ourselves, families, loved ones, friends and our societies at large…

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    1. Christy B September 12, 2017

      Yes, you know what you just reminded me of when someone told me I was being selfish – I didn’t understand it at first… Your comment is spot on and thank you for it!

    2. sirjpblog September 12, 2017

      You are welcome dear and I’m glad for the turnaround you’ve had in all these years. Keep changing lives…

    3. Christy B September 13, 2017

      You too, you too!

  15. Shinchan September 13, 2017

    🙂☺

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    1. Christy B September 13, 2017

      :)

  16. Confused Thoughts September 13, 2017

    Lovely post !

    Reply
  17. asewalson September 25, 2017

    Thank you for this post. My friend took his life the day after this important day, and nobody saw the signs. It’s heartbreaking, and I’m dedicating myself in spreading awareness about suicide prevention. I’m thankful you are here.

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    1. Christy B September 26, 2017

      Your dedicating of yourself to this cause would make your friend proud xx

    2. asewalson September 26, 2017

      Thank you 💙

  18. Lil-C October 14, 2017

    I KNOW WHAT “SUICIDE” means. Doc’s just bring me to life again. I hope they are suffering for this.

    Reply
    1. Christy B October 14, 2017

      You have been saved for a reason.. and that reason will appear in time.. I’m glad you’re alive!

  19. Kim of Glover Gardens October 27, 2017

    Thank you for this. I didn’t see it until today when I shared the truth about my brother’s suicide. I’m so flabbergasted now to see your post and realize that World Suicide Prevention Day is my birthday. There’s a strange serendipity there. Thank you for your courage. https://glovergardens.com/2017/10/27/my-brothers-suicide-out-of-the-darkness-and-into-the-light/

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    1. Christy B October 28, 2017

      Thanks Kim for taking time to reach out and for sharing about your brother. I will head over to read your post. You are honoring him with your words xx

  20. lettersofhopefromthesoul November 23, 2017

    It’s so important that we build each other up. If there is anything I have learned through this struggle it is that ANYONE can be silently suffering. Kindness can go a long way. Reaching out to someone and simply listening can be the difference between life and death for them.

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    1. Christy B November 24, 2017

      This is so true – kindness CAN make a difference ♥

  21. jnelson521 December 13, 2017

    Thank you very much for posting. Somewhat recently I lost a close friend of mine to suicide. If anyone is going through anything similar the most important thing to remember is that there is always hope. Below is a link to the post I wrote a week after my friend passed, I would be honored by anyone that would read it.

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