September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Passing on some helpful informtion from the website

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.

Informational Resources

Crisis Resources

  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Awareness Resources

Help promote awareness by sharing images and graphics on your website and social media accounts. Use #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree.

While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.


Please share liberally and make sure the resources are available to those who need them. -mike

Currently Reading: Moby Dick update #1

Moby Dick or The White Whale.

I have to admit that though we read portions of the book for English classes in both high school and college, I’ve never actually read this entire classic by Herman Melville. Although he did write others that also rate highly like Billy Bud and Bartleby, the latter of the two I have read, I’ve not quite gotten to the most famous and well known of his works.
Update #1

So far, I’m only about 24pgs and five chapters in, but due to the density and erudition of the writing, it feels like I’ve been reading Moby Dick for ever. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. I’m just saying that if you expect this 460pg classic to read as quickly and smoothly as your most recent YA fiction novel, you’ll be mistaken and also pleasantly surprised. But then again we all really do love pain, don’t we? Its ok. You can say it.

The first introduction is to the first person narrator, Ishamel by perhaps the most well know ‘first sentence’ in history, barring perhaps “It was the best of times…” from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which I also haven’t read yet and is also gathering dust on our shelves. Ishmael describes himself as a world traveler by whaling ships, and a school teacher with a persistent and recurrent itch for the seas. The first couple of pages in fact describe the almost supernatural and mystical draw that bodies of waters have on all people.

I guess from an evolutionary point of view, which Melville hadn’t quite learned of yet since Darwin’s Origin of the Species was yet to be printed when The White Whale was first published, if we are all ‘originated’ from primordial aquatic forms of life then of course it makes perfect sense that our ‘beings’, our very ‘souls’ would be drawn back toward ‘home’, or at least an innate and unconscious appreciation of where we came from. But this is neither a biology textbook nor a blog on paleontology. 

The next person we are made acquaintance with, a person that our guide says will be a ship mate of his later, is a Harpooner and weathered sailor named Queequeg. Curious name, I know. But with his entrance we get our first glance at the salt and sun toughened men that inhabitted the ships on the open seas in those days, who ventured both life and fortune in the hunt for whale flesh, blubber and oil to sustain them and their societies. We get to see up close and possibly a bit too personally the kind of men these were in their own “native habitat”. 

I hope to finish reading Moby Dick before the end of September, but it may be close to the wire due to the density and the interesting story and environment Melville is building. I can definitely see after just a few pages why this has been a classic for as long as it has and why it’s required reading in school.

Enjoy what you’re reading. I certainly am. -mike