Last weekend I helped a friend of mine extricate the last remnants of her ex-husband from her home. She had a posse of friends around to help her sort, pack and deliver the old memories to her ex.
It was a hard day for her but all and all we maintained a giggletude in the midst of some tears and anger. I was glad to be there for her.
I love helping my friends.
Suicide Threat and Saving a Life
A few nights ago I received an email from another friend asking for my help concerning an attempted suicide.
I was told a local Wilmington man was threatening to kill himself but thankfully his wife was able to get him to the emergency room. THANK GOD. In about an hour I will meet this woman in person and hopefully, I will be able to help her in some small way during what must be a very difficult time for her, her husband and family.
I admit, when my friend contacted me a few nights ago, I had just returned from an evening of beer drinking with friends. Even though I only had two beers, I had quite the buzz on. All this healthy eating and yoga has lowered my tolerance. *giggle*
As soon as I read his words, “she’s looking for guidance/support on what to do next“, I sobered up quick! I want to help save lives.
My intention at lunch today is simple:
- Send her some serious love energy
- Offer local resources to assist her during this time, specifically the Mental Health Association of Delaware, NAMI and information for Contact Lifelife.
- Give her a pamphlet from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline called: AFTER AN ATTEMPT, A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department.
- Briefly tell her my story, the Cliff Note version, in an effort to give her hope that mental illness, suicidal thoughts and tendencies are very treatable. Jim Thompson didn’t make it but I did!
- Offer her some levity, perhaps a few giggles and a big purple bottle of bubbles.
If you are the praying sort, please send out some love energy to this woman and her family.
Update: January 24, 2011 – the suicidal man mentioned in this blog post is now living in California, has taken a new job and according to his wife, he’s doing very well. YAY!
Every life is precious. Savor the life you were given, make the most of every single breath and tell those you care about “I love you. You matter”.
Have you lost someone you love to suicide? Would you like to openly communicate with people in a Facebook group format, please visit my friend Kelli’s From Surviving to Thriving page.
Would you like to participate in Giggle On’s Survivor of Suicide Q & A series, please visit this post and scroll to the bottom for more information.