The Seuss-ing of suicide

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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:

  1. How to have a conversation about suicide– I like the podcast. Plays on any device.
  2. One pager on how to talk to someone contemplating suicide from AFSP
  3. What do those contemplating suicide say?
  4. My3 app – Suicide prevention app for those who suffer suicidal thoughts

Crisis Lines

  1. Suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255
  2. Crisis text line. Text the word HELP to 741-741
  3. Veteran’s Services 1-800-273-8255, press 1
  4. Veteran’s Text line send HELP to 838-255

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

One thought on “The Seuss-ing of suicide”

  1. A nurse at the hospital commented she was so tired of seeing these young people in the obits…hadn’t realized things had gotten so bad. I told yes, epidemic proportions and if a plane crashed daily with these numbers we would be screaming…we need to keep screaming!

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