We tell people to reach out. We don’t tell them how

I got this message from a mom.

The daughter was googling how to kill herself, clicked on a link in a post I wrote expressly to capture people in crisis on this blog.

On that page, I have a link to this article. How to Tell Your Parents You Want to Die

The daughter read the article and she told her mom about her feelings.

I used a digital marketing technique I used to use to get plumbers leads online, help orthopedic surgeons get more knee surgery patients, and help a store in New York sell more diamonds online.

Why couldn’t I use the same techniques to save lives and answer the burning questions people type into search engines like Google when they are in despair?

If people are asking me the question, I know they are typing it in Google.

To get this to work, I have asked you all to share the posts in social media and to comment on those posts I write expressly to come up on Google. That’s what I mean when I say subscribe to save lives. I mean it literally.

And when I’ve needed your help, you’ve come through. Because of OUR effort, search engines like google consider it “important” enough to make it show up in the top search results when people type in those burning questions of despair they want answers to. These posts rank in the top results worldwide. Sometimes #1 but all on the first page and I have the data and comments that shows results and tell a remarkable story.

We always tell people to reach out for help and show them a hotline. But we don’t give people an outline or script of how to tell. When someone is stressed, figuring out those steps isn’t easy. Together we can offer hope.

How do you tell a parent you want to suicide?

So I wrote an answer to this question.

I see the clicks from this site to that article all the time. And it worked. How many other times might this have worked and we don’t even know it? So thank you for your help. I could not have done it without you.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on 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, coping strategies/resilience, 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.

4 thoughts on “We tell people to reach out. We don’t tell them how”

  1. Yep, if we all do our part, it helps many. I’ve had people close to me reach out in times when they knew something wasn’t quite right. It was enough to help me stop and wait for the moment to pass. One time, one person just held me and let me cry for what seemed like forever. When I get to those dark moments, It is hard for me to realize anyone wants me in this world.

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