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Out of the Darkness

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Don Cocklin

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It is often ranked as the third or fourth cause of death in many age groups.  It disrupts families and communities.  Among mental health professionals it is often referred to as a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  In a society that prides itself for being able to talk about any and all topics this is the last great taboo.  Suicide casts a long painful shadow, and many people live in that darkness.

Yet suicide is not an inevitable end that an individual is unfailingly drawn to.  Even as that person is contemplating ending their life, most are crying out for someone to give them a better option.  Those who work suicide and crisis-line phone banks know our job isn’t to solve that person’s problems (a hard feat to do at 2 a.m. over a phone line); our job is to give them hope, a reason to hang on till the morning.

Light is the antidote to darkness and being willing to reach out and talk with someone in that darkness may be the lifeline they need.  Save-A-Life-Today (SALT) is there to first raise awareness that the problem of suicide exists but also that there is hope.  They seek to educate and to reach out in our community.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, the local crisis line through Community Health Core is 1-800-832-1009, or in a case of immediate need — 911.

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