“If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.” – Unknown
If you are looking for some sign to stay alive, consider this quote your sign. Whether you know it or not, the world needs your talents and unique inner gifts. You have the opportunity to make some sort of positive difference in this world. If you were looking for a sign from God, the Universe, or an Angel to continue living, consider this your sign. Sometimes a simple sign letting you know that someone cares and wants you to keep living is all that you need.
quoted from mentalhealthdaily
September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - See more at: http://www.nami.org/suicideawarenessmonth/hp#sthash.dI91utuv.dpuf
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- You Matter
Excerpt from You Matter: "You Matter is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You Matter blog posts are written by a rotating Blogger Council of individuals between the ages of 13-24 that are passionate about suicide prevention and mental health.
You Matter is a movement to spread the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all you—unique and real you—matter. And because just about everyone—at some point—hits the wall, we’re here to help.
If you need support, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with the Lifeline."
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Orange County Friends Help Friends Suicide Prevention and Awareness Smartphone App for android and iOS:
- iOS Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
The Friends Help Friends smart-phone app provides information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone. You could help save a life!
The Friends Help Friends app contains the following information most of which has been extracted from various national suicide prevention resources:
- Know the Signs
- How to Help
- Prevention Resources and Gatekeeper Training
- Stats and Facts
- A video introduction from the Orange County Executive, Stephen Neuhaus
- En Español
Remember if this is an emergency situation call 911!
If you would like to talk to a trained counselor or need help with connecting to local resources call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or The Orange County Helpline 1-800-832-1200.
Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide (NEW)
NAMI developed this 33 page downloadable guide to support people experiencing a mental health crisis and their loved ones. The guide addresses all aspects of what to expect during a crisis and suggestions for how to respond. The guide has five supplemental tip sheets.
Although the wonderful May 6 performance of "Every Brilliant Thing" is over,
there is an additional performance coming up:
Saturday, October 27th
at the NAMI-NYS Educational Conference in Albany
Here's what local reviewers have said about "Every Brilliant Thing".
Carol Montana from the Times Herald Record says, "Everything about this production...is indeed brilliant...funny and poignant, heartbreaking, joy-filled and genuinely wonderful." and describes Lori Schneider's performance by saying, "she breaks the theatrical fourth wall, telling the audience a story like she is relating it to her best friend..inviting them in to the character's life, growth, grief and joy. And like number six (on the list of brilliant things) - roller coasters - the play tinkers with your emotions, going up and down, careening around sharp turns, then lazily rising and plunging down into your mind and your heart."
Robert Score of the online review website, "Meet Me in the Green Room" calls the show fascinating and engaging and describes Lori Schneider's performance as "...intense...wonderfully pervasive...her humility and compassion for the subject...comically and poignantly...captures her audience...and invites everyone to be drawn enthusiastically into her story."
- Now Matters Now
Strategies to survive; also includes videos on mindfulness, paced breathing & abdominal breathing (impacting vagal nerve to reduce anxiety)
- The Kevin Hines Story (YouTube video)
Kevin, who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when he was 17, is one of only 34 survivors who attempted suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge. Hear his amazing story. Kevin authored the book, "Cracked, Not Broken"
- The Bridge Between Suicide and Life TED Conference Video
"For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide."
Suicide prevention, warning signs, risk factors
The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind. The bereaved after suicide may encounter high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger, and trauma. These grieving individuals, called "survivors", often struggle with the social stigma of suicide and may also be at risk for higher rates of complicated grief and future suicide ideation or attempts. Surviving the suicide of a loved one is therefore a life-changing experience that requires specialized support.
- Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
Contact: AnnMarie D'Aliso 845-325-6448
2nd Tuesday of month at 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Chester
94-96 Main Street, Chester, NY
Ann Marie is a board member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and lost her son Patrick to suicide in 2004 when he was 16.
- *Teens & Young Adults Suvivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
*(Ages 16-25; Under 18 - please have permission of Parent or Guardian)
Date: 1st Sunday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
Location: Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio,10 South Street, Warwick
Guided by facilitator Judy Battista 914-489-7402; 845-987-4207
Judy is a trained facilitator of Teen & Young Adult Support groups; mother of three, Board member, Outreach Coordinator and advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Hudson Valley NY Chapter; and area Cultural Artist. Judy lost her son Daniel 6 years ago.
Host: Matthew Leahy - Artist and co-owner/proprietor of Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio; Matthew lost his brother Doug three years ago.
- Survivor of Suicide Loss Outreach Program developed by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to send specially-trained volunteers who are survivors themselves to visit with those who are recently bereaved. Visits are made upon request only. For more information call Hudson Valley Coordinator, Judy Battista: 914-489-7402, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Survivors Resources: NEW
Since its inception, Survivor Resources has served thousands of clients in the Minneapolis area. It has continued to be dedicated to helping families not only affected by homicide, but other violent, unexpected death incidents including accidental overdose and suicide.
While the support group information is local to Minneapolis, this website still has good articles by clicking on the "knowledge" tab.