We don’t talk suicide with neighbors or teens.
Not with our friends or with our tweens.
Nothing triggers more fear.
Everyone wants to steer clear!
Never taking the time.
Makes suicide rates climb.
The morning isn’t good.
And neither is the evening
We don’t talk on vacation.
Or in a business situation.
Not at a wedding or on a train.
Not in a car or on a bus.
Not while we’re running or when we’re sitting.
Not in a box.
Not with a fox.
Not in a house.
Not with a mouse.
So when is a good time?
After a suicide happens?
That’s no good either!
Now’s not a good time.
Nor next week either.
How about next year?
Or even never?
Talk saves lives
It saves husbands.
It saves wives.
So make a date to talk, don’t balk!
Not next week.
And not next year.
Do it now!
Be unique. Have the courage to speak.
Don’t be shy, please share!
Here are some resources to help you start that conversation:
- How to have a conversation about suicide– I like the podcast. Plays on any device.
- One pager on how to talk to someone contemplating suicide from AFSP
- My3 app – Suicide prevention app for those who suffer suicidal thoughts
- Suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis text line. Text the word HELP to 741-741
- Veteran’s Services 1-800-273-8255, press 1
- Veteran’s Text line send HELP to 838-255