Take time to listen


We need to think how suicide has affected us locally and nationally.

I personally have lost a grandfather and cousin to suicide.

Suicide is a subject that many people feel carries with it a taboo, a word that should never be used or even talked about.

Suicide is a growing issues with all age groups and it does not matter the race you are or how much money your make, what you do for a living.

Almost everyone who is Lost or attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Do not ignore suicide statements no matter how casually or jokingly said may indicate serious suicidal feelings. Also a person lost to suicide is not psychotic or insane or even crazy. This is far from the facts.

People who have reached a point in there lives where they feel that taking there lives is the only way to find comfort or heal the pain that there are feeling. At times this is an ongoing fight each day to find a reason to live or a reason to move unto the next day.

One important thing to remember is that no matter how casually or jokingly said, this may indicate serious suicidal thoughts and intervention is needed. What can husbands, wives, sons, daughters, aunt, uncles, friends do?

Take there comments. Sometimes taking five minutes out of your day to listen to what they have to say could save a life. Take time to show them that yes someone cares, that someone is willing to help.

The facts are that we are losing a person to suicide at a rate of one every 13.9 minutes, with the elderly its one every 90 minutes, youth its one every two hours, it is also the 10th ranked death in the U.S. and third among youths in the U.S.

In recent years the military has had an increase in suicides among the active duty and veterans. From Jan. 1, 2012, until Dec. 3, 2012, we have lost to suicide 6,067 veterans and 462 active duty/reserve personal.

We need to be there for the survivors and help them with the stages of grief.

Everyone needs to look down into there hearts and find the time and the way to support those in need.

Ways to help; join a local organization, help at senior centers, mentor in your local school, find out all the information you can on ways to help those in need.

I encourage you to take time to listen, because this is free, But to save a life, then you have given a gift that has more value that anything else on this earth.

Steve Nelson

Crossing Rivers

Support Group

Marinette, Wis.