IF YOU ARE FEELING SUICIDAL OR NEED TO TALK PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL LIFELINE
Yes, I have to admit it, the internet can work wonders.
I only thought of the petition while I was writing yesterday. It’d never crossed my mind before, and guess what, here it is!
Soon after yesterday’s posting went up, I got an email from Naiomi, who’d seen the post. She sent me two links to sites that host petitions. My jaws dropped, my eyes lit up, and… here’s the petition!
THANK YOU NAIOMI 😉
And now PLEASE, PLEASE SIGN IT AND please send it to everyone you know, if you have a blog, please put it on your blog, put it on Facebook, tweet about it, send it to your local paper and news station, after all the petition is directed at the media.
Please use any means you have. Together we are going to get one million signatures or more!
Let the light shine and the dialogue expand.
Thank you from me and all those who have died, all those who we will be saved and all those whose lives are blighted by depression and other debilitating mental issues.
Please sign the petition to –
Give Suicide A Face & Mental Health A Voice
Another initiative of “Get Your Wellness On”
In the pre-dawn hours of November 3, 2009, my beloved twenty year-old son,
Andrew Williamson-Noble died of suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of Bobst, NYU’s library.
Andrew’s death was an explosion that devastated our family. We did not know about the suicide pandemic that every year kills 33,000 in the United States. Nor did we know that when it comes to suicide, there is as much ignorance, stigma, myth and misconception as there used to be when AIDS first came to our shores.
After a string of suicides on his campus this year, Cornell’s President called for a National Dialogue.
What happened to his students, to my Andrew, to Cameron Dabaghi, Andrew Koenig, Michael Blosil, to mention but a few, must be a matter for open discussion. Yet after each of those “high profile” suicides, silence reigned supreme on the subject, once again.
But did you know that in the United States alone one-person attempts suicide every minute and that one person dies of suicide every sixteen minutes? I didn’t!
Mourners coming to my house told me of a time in their life when they or someone they knew had thought of, attempted, or died of suicide.
By the time Andrew’s funeral was over, I learned that eleven hundred college-aged students die by suicide every year, and yet I’d never heard of this. Neither had anyone around me. Suicide started to look like one of the world’s best-kept secrets. In the weeks that followed, I realized that much like homosexuality, suicide needs to come out of the closet.
By shining the light on the this painful subject, we raise awareness and understanding, in turn raising the volume of the muffled cry for help of the depressed, and the suicidal in our midst.
“Get Your Wellness On” calls on the media to use its influence and wide reach help bring the important issue of suicide and mental health into the open where it can be
de-stigmatized, de-mystified, openly and effectively tackled.
Let’s take notice, take care and help save lives.