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.
Until now.
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

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:                             Baking In A Tornado                          Spatulas on Parade                                          The Momisodes                    The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                 Stacy Sews and Schools                                 Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                        Southern Belle Charm      The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver                                      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                 The Angrivated Mom          Confessions of a part time working mom                            Someone Else’s Genius                                Climaxed                      Evil Joy Speaks                              Never Ever Give Up Hope                 Eileen’s Perpetually Busy                       Searching for Sanity


  1. What a great way to use the words! Suicide prevention is something very near and dear to my heart. I wrote a post about it on Wednesday on my new site. Terrific post!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with the words and for such an important and touching topic!

  3. Love. Absolutely love this. Perfect use of your words.

  4. Stark, honest and heartfelt. Great piece, Jenn.

  5. I have never been in a situation to maybe prevent somebody from killing themselves, but it's good to know that I might be able to just by listening to them. I think I would freeze and secretly wish I had a psychological training. Looks like just being a considerate and caring person can have enough impact.
    Thanks for a beautiful post!

    PS: Erin shared something too this week, outside of our writing challenges:

  6. Obviously this is a subject that is important to a lot of us. You did a beautiful job with those words, well done.

  7. This post rings true on many levels. I will be pondering it for days to come. Great use of the words as well,

  8. This post rings true on many levels. I will be pondering it for days to come. Great use of the words as well,

  9. I love this especially with the awareness of the last week. Talking about everything takes the stigma out of it. Well done!!!

  10. Well done! And true to life. End the stigma!


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