Friends and family that have lost loved ones to suicide often wonder what they can do to make a difference so that others do not have to experience what they have experienced. They also say that many times others act as if their loved one never lived, because people are not sure what to say, so they say nothing at all. Through Remembrance Cards survivors can help raise awareness and also share the national crisis line that is on the back of each card. It is also a way of opening up the door to share their story in the hope that others will engage in intervention training. To date we have trained more than 10,000 caregivers nationwide in the skills that save lives. Remembrance Cards help underwrite community workshops so that even more people can be trained. We know that intervention saves lives, so the more we can train, the stronger our community becomes. The goal of the Remembrance Card is to build a culture of mental health that is effectively reducing stigma so that more people will get help. Through these limited edition Remembrance Cards we can choose to find hope in the hurt and the tenacity to press on in the midst of tragedy.
If you are having thoughts of suicide call the National Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Until the age of 45, I had never had thoughts of suicide. Then in 2009, after a series of tragic events; those thoughts invaded every moment of my life. It was my oldest son that intervened. Since that time, I have devoted my life to eradicating suicide. If I had I made a different choice, Armed Forces Mission would have never been formed, nor would Stop Suicide USA. If I had gone the other way, I would never have been honored by the Trinity Foundation as the Emergency Responder of the Year for my work in conducting more than 800 successful suicide interventions. I would never have had the opportunity to train more than 10,000 compassionate care givers in the skills that save lives. I am humbled by the opportunity that I have been given because I made the right decision. But the greatest reason I am thankful for making the right choice is family. Everyone has reasons why they would have thoughts of suicide. It may be because you have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. You may struggle to find reasons to live without them. If they could speak to you today, I believe with all my heart that they would want you to live your life. I found my reason. Let us help you find yours.