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Friday, September 10, 2010

Take 5 To Save Lives - 9/10/10

Every 16 minutes, a person dies by suicide. Maybe you've known and loved one of those people, or perhaps you've come close to suicide yourself. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day; you can visit the Take 5 To Save Lives website to learn more about this campaign. Depression and suicidal thoughts are invisible, but by knowing warning signs, learning how to help, and talking about this often shunned topic, we can shine a light and make a difference.

Jan, at Yearning for God, posted here a thoughtful and personal reflection on suicide. Robin, at Desert Year, wrote for over a year of her pain, grief, anger, shock, and struggles with faith following her son's death by suicide; her blog includes excellent links and resources for those left behind after suicide. Should you ever find yourself or someone you know at risk for suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline has free and confidential help available 24 hours at day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Additionally, the clergy of Saint Mark's are available to listen and to offer care and support at any time if you find yourself in crisis.

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