3 steps to stop suicide

In this high tech/low connection world it's easy to get caught up and lose sight of what is really important.

Suicide is happening all around us, every day we are losing this battle. The scariest thing about suicide is that the more it happens... the more it happens. Every time a suicide is successful it's subconsciously gives others permission to do the same.  It can lead people to think, "if they can do it why can't I?"

It's similar to when in 1954 Rodger Bannister broke the four-minute mile barrier, you see the way we live our lives gives other people permission to do the same.

According to a publication from John Hopkins Medicine, they state, 

"Those who lost a parent to suicide as children or teens were three times more likely to commit suicide than children and teenagers with living parents."

Join me in reminding people that it matters that they are here. Try these 3 steps to stop suicide.

1. Commit to not taking your own life.

Start now to create a safety net so when hard days come (as they surely will) you know that you will get through. 

Know without a doubt that there are people that look up to you, that you have no idea the impact for good that you have had on them. 

If for no other reason continue to live so that you're not handing out permission slips for others to take their own life.

2. Create a culture of caring around you.

Instead of walking around wondering what everyone can do for you- start noticing what you can give to others.

It's the small things a smile to a stranger, an actual listening ear to a friend in need or simply inviting someone to share a meal with you. 

We tend to create this big drama about being a good person and saving lives but you can do it in small ways all along your way.

3. Think before you open your mouth.

It's so easy to say whatever is on your mind and follow it up "well I'm just that way" or " they shouldn't be so sensitive."

You never know what people are going through or what just happened 5 minutes before you they came into your space. 

I like to that everybody is going through something overwhelming, they just got done with a huge challenge or they are about to be going through something very soon. 

It sounds so cliche but it is true that a kind word can warm up the darkest of days. 

It is also true that your words can kill.

Commit now to taking accountability for the words that you say, to yourself and those around you and those that pass by.

Leave a trail of goodness everywhere you go. You never know when you're going to have to come back around and the good you did yesterday ends up saving your life today.

In a world where you can do anything...do good.  In a world where you can be anything... be the good.

Tammy Lane Guffey

Mom. Speaker. Kindness Advocate

sources: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/children_who_lose_a_parent_to_suicide_more_likely_to_die_the_same_way