Hope – Hold On the Pain Ends

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Hold On the Pain Ends — September is Suicide Awareness Month.

Thirteen minutes and seven seconds. For most this might seem insignificant, but for some it could mean they have just lost their whole world. Every thirteen minutes and seven seconds in the U.S. someone take his or her own life.

Suicide seems to be becoming more prevalent in our society. It’s a hard topic to discuss, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had more often. Suicidal people just want to be free from their pain and this is the only way they see out. As a society there are a few ways we can help them believe otherwise.

The first way is to notice when someone is not acting normally. A drastic change in mood is a major tell-tale sign to know if people are possibly considering suicide; if so, ask them. Getting them to tell how they feel is the first step into getting them the help they need.

Another way to prevent suicide is to get involved with organizations that advocate against it. In fact, there is a nonprofit organization right here in Carthage called S.A.L.T. which stands for “Save a Life Today” that works to prevent suicides from happening. This organization was founded after the owner’s sister committed suicide on Mother’s Day in 2009. Since then she has worked toward stopping suicide, so that another family doesn’t have to experience the same loss her family went through.

S.A.L.T. is having an awareness walk on September 15 at 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Carthage Junior High School track. To register for the Out of The Darkness Walk log onto https:/afsp.org. Signing up for the walk is free of charge, but donations will be accepted. A suicide prevention hotline, open 24 hours a day, can be contacted at 1-800-273-8255.

Be the change. Be the reason someone doesn’t have to lose a loved one. As a society we have the potential to change the world, let’s make a positive one by preventing suicide.