It’s that time of year again. A time to raise awareness and put our foot down for a cause. This month is for Suicide. I wasn’t on campus yesterday for the official Suicide Awareness Day, but today I have all my awareness raising gear on. It’s not my Snow by CALM shirt; that will be Monday!. My shirt says “You can never be replaced”
I also have snowflakes on the back of my hand and on my wrist that represents Snow by CALM. I also have a tribute to my Uncle on my arm and I wrote “Enough is Enough” on my other arm.
Suicide is a tragedy. I believe it can be prevented and I belive you can find freedom from suicidal thoughts and feelings
It’s a hard issue to tackle. Being in Colorado, the state where my uncle took his life, has added a whole new level of passion and has made me fight even harder for these issues.
I encourage you to step out and talk to people today.
For Snow’s first event back in May I made a sheet called “Snows Secrets to Recovery” where I wrote about how to help someone with mental illness. I hope you read over it. There are so many helpful tools that will really make a big difference. Even just smiling at someone will make a big difference.
Lets make a huge difference this weekend and save some lives!!!
Snow’s Secrets to Recovery
Stop- Sometimes the best way to help a person is to stop judging or having expectations like how quickly they should recover. Stop trying to give the person in recovery solutions to their problems. Just take the time to love them. Sometimes all they need is someone to listen.
Not Yet- When someone is in recovery, they need time to heal; they need time to be able to get better. Asking them to return to school, to keep a job or to maintain a regular social life at the beginning of a recovery is too much. People take sick days when they have colds or don’t feel good. Having a mental illness is similar. Individuals will need extended time to rest and recover. Take it slow!
Open- People going through a recovery need access to other people. If you can, let them know you have an open door policy where they can contact you 24/7. This is incredibly reassuring and doesn’t have to last longer than a few months. Giving someone in recovery the gift of your time could save their life or at the very least help to prevent a relapse.
Words- Words are a key aspect of everyone’s life, but they have especially great power to help or to hurt individuals in recovery. Think about what impact your words will have on a person before you begin to speak. Sometimes you will just need to keep quiet and wait for progress in order to keep from saying something that will be seen as hurtful. Have patience and use your words to provide encouragement, love, support, and safety.