The Number Everyone Should Know

I have had it memorized for some time now, at least a year and half, maybe longer… but I didn’t know it when I needed it most.

I’m referring to Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK. Lifeline is a national suicide prevention crisis line. They are celebrating their 2millionth call today.

There is no way to know exactly how many lives have been changed and even saved by this service, but what we do know is that it is needed and people need to know about it.

There have been two times in my life where I have reached the point of taking action to end my life and there have been countless others where I have felt tormented and filled with an anguish that I did not think I could bare any longer. During none of these times did I know or have a phone number to call where I felt safe sharing what I was going through. But now, I have it memorized. I have yet to use itΒ  for myself (because thankfully I have not needed it since knowing about it), but I have recommended it to countless others. I have heard feedback that the people on the other end of the line at Lifeline were nothing short of helpful and perhaps even likened to the form of angels.

Our lives are too valuable to leave to chance, so precious that we need to make sure all are aware of this Lifeline, a phone number that can be called when you fear for a friend or loved one, or when you yourself may be struggling. It’s a phone call, as simple as that, and it can make ALL the difference.

I urge you to share this post with others. Let others know about this resource and that 1-800-273-TALK exists. Share an outstretched hand to those who are hurting or may be hurting in the future. It could be a matter of life or death.

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You can participate in honoring Lifeline’s 2millionth call today by sharing this post, writing your own post, switching your background to light green, and tweeting with the hashtag #2millionth.

P.S. This is my 100th post on Una Vita Bella, I couldn’t be happier that it is being used for suicide prevention efforts!

Getting Louder

I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to write a guest blog post for one of my personal hero’s, Dr. Kathleen Young.

She invited me to write in honor of Mental Health Month and she has posted it today. You can read more about Dr. Young here: http://drkathleenyoung.wordpress.com/about/ and then you can read my post: Breaking the Silence for Mental Health Month!

I hope in the post that you will find inspiration or understanding… or maybe you will be able to bolster my confidence as I struggle with facing the stigma so many of us face when dealing with mental health issues.

I am truly honored to have had this opportunity to continue and expand my efforts to celebrate Mental Health Month.

A New Way to Share My Voice

This is my first, very novice, effort to share my voice with you via video. I hope through the video you will get to know me better and that I will offer a voice of understanding and hope for those who face similar struggles.

As it is Mental Health Month (#mhm2010 on Twitter) I want to encourage others to share their struggles and challenges and to know that the more we share together, the more we chip away at the barriers of stigma.