Suicide is 100% Preventable. (My story).

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All suicides are preventable. There is hope. If you need help call this number posted in the picture. What ever you may be dealing with, I am sorry that you may have gotten to the point where you think suicide is the best answer.  There is help. Please seek it.

When I was 11 yrs old, my grandfather committed suicide. I am not sure why. He did not leave any notes as to why he did it. Fast forward a few years, when I was 24, I was became depressed. I got help. I went to a therapist for a while. Then I started going to see a doctor for my depression (and my therapist), The doc gave me some anti-depressants, which one of the side effects of the medication was “suicidal thoughts”. You would think anti-depressants would do the opposite, but they did not. For three years I dealt with the depression with medication… and my faith. Even though I had put my faith “on the back burner” it was still there. Jesus was still there with me through it all. Jesus said to Jeremiah, (Jeremiah 29:11) ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Mostly, it was this one verse that kept me going and gave me hope. Six months after I got back involved with church (I was involved in church from 15 yrs old to 21 yrs old). I was able to wean off the anti-depressants. I know the church isn’t the answer for everyone, but it worked for me and I am grateful for my faith. For some people, the church maybe the problem, and I apologize for that. (Future posts will talk about this.)

This is my story. Now I do suicide prevention work. I wish I could find a job doing this (I am looking), but for now I do it as a volunteer. In May 2013, I got certified as a QPR Instructor. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. Some people call it the CPR for mental health.  Any way, as a certified QPR instructor, I teach a one hour presentation for suicide prevention. In the future, I hope to get certified to teach safeTALK, which is another tactic for suicide prevention that is a three hour presentation.

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