Thursday, June 12, 2008

Suicide Prevention

Some of you don't know this about me. I'm passionate that there is a way to prevent suicide. Over the years I had 2 friends seriously contemplate killing themselves, confiding their plan to me. I have had others confess their struggles with suicidal thoughts to me, as well. When I heard the story of the organization To Write Love on Her Arms, it resonated with my heart. I thank my friend Jason for introducing me to it, and I wish that I were more involved with the mission of the organization.

That being said, here is something they posted on their facebook/myspace site just recently. It's a clip from CNN about a man in Japan making a difference. He is taking the time to listen and to give hope. He literally meets these people on the cliff where they are planning and waiting for the right moment to jump. I want to be that kind of a friend. I want to be literally and figuratively someone who will make a point to intervene when the warning signs appear. Here's his story.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I can tell already that you're going to be an awesome teacher. :)