Use Your Words: September 11th, 2015
Hello and happiest Friday to you.
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: vacuum ~ helicopter ~ quickly ~ desperate ~ editor
They were submitted by: Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
The PowerPoint presentation was paused on a significant slide. My eyes stayed glued to the bright white letters standing out against the black background. I was in the QPR certification class for the past hour listening to staggering an alarming suicide statistics but these words were the first to truly speak to me.
"Since almost all efforts to persuade someone to live instead of attempt suicide will be met with agreement and relief don’t hesitate to get involved or take the lead."
Suddenly and quickly, the words sunk in. We do not have to wait for someone else to step in; we can be the helping hand someone may need.
Let's focus on that for a moment.
"Almost all efforts to persuade someone to live…will be met with agreement." Meaning, that someone has to simply be brave enough to reach out. People are desperate to live, it is just at times, their minds are clouded with doubt, and pain and anxiety are the only emotions that are vacuum sealed tight to their souls that they cannot see the reasons to keep going on. They need a helping hand to keep going, they need to be addressed and not swept under the rug, they need that glimmer of hope to shine through to help lead them out their darkness.
Not everyone can be saved, that is true.
But not everyone who is or has been suicidal will commit suicide which needs to be said as well.
There is no way we can stay on top of someone like a nervous helicopter mom watching her first born play at the park for the first time. But we can be there for those who need us, even if that means, having to refer them to someone else who can help them. There is no shame in not being able to help someone but it is very useful to be able to know what signs to look for and who to send or refer them to.
We are the writers of our stories, that has been said time and time again and that is beautiful because that means we are our own editors and can choose what stays in or what goes in our lives. We can continue our stories in whichever direction we see fit.
What we need to remember though, is that our stories are interconnected with those around us. We always have the opportunity to be a supporting character in the lives of others.
If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide please know there are resources available to help you finish your story.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255 http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
If you are interested in taking a Mental Health First Aid Class or a QPR (Suicide Prevention) certification class please reach out to your local Community Mental Health Center or Health Department to find resources close to you, or you can always use your friend Google.
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
com Baking In A Tornado
blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
blogspot.com The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
com/ Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
com Southern Belle Charm
thediaryofanalzheimerscaregive r.com/blog.html The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
wordpress.com The Angrivated Mom
blogspot.ch Confessions of a part time working mom
com Someone Else’s Genius
blogspot.com Climax ed
wordpress.com Evil Joy Speaks
com Never Ever Give Up Hope
blogspot.com/ Eileen’s Perpetually Busy
blogspot.com Searching for Sanity