Out of the Darkness II

out of the darkness II

A year ago I wrote a piece on the Out of the Darkness community walks put on by the American Foundation to prevent suicide.  Well, today we participated once again in our community walk.  It’s been a year since we lost our last loved one to suicide (rather than a month) so attending the walk was much easier, no more tears only a touch of sadness — nothing more than we feel on any given day.  We were able to enjoy everyone coming together in community to remember those we have loved and lost.

FIND A WALK NEAR YOU AT THIS LINK (CLICK HERE).

AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states and is “the leader in the fight against suicide.  Fund[ing] research, creat[ing] educational programs, advocat[ing] for public policy, and support[ing] survivors of suicide loss.

“The Out of the Darkness Walks are proof that when people work together they can make big changes in the world. They are AFSP’s largest fundraiser – they produce millions for suicide prevention programs, unite those who have been affected by suicide, and create communities that are smart about mental health.”

You can read about my previous Out of the Darkness experience. Or you can read previous posts I have written about how suicide has impacted my life in these posts listed below:

You can also read two powerful posts about personal struggles that I hosted here on my site written by guest bloggers Chris, and Sarah.  The post written by Chris does have a trigger warning attached to it so if you are thinking of suicide do not read it.  Instead, please telephone or text the resources below.  It is confidential and will help alleviate your pain.

Crisis Text Line 24/7: Text “Go” to 741-741 to get started
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Veterans they understand your experiences are different. Press 1 for a line dedicated just to you.
LGBTQ National Youth Talk (afternoons & evenings M-S only): 1-800-246-7743

VOTE NOW for your favorite #askforhelp poem

VOTE YOUR FAVORITE | Memee's MusingsNow is the time, minions! Aspiring poets have uploaded their poetic thoughts on the challenging topic of suicide and it is your turn to read and vote for your favorite!

Vote now!

Haven’t voted before? Why not? It’s easy!

The poems are all linked up on one page, which I call “the punchbowl.” You will see a thumbnail that represents each link. Click the thumbnail read the poem. Easy right?

Read as many as you like and when you feel ready, cast your one and only vote for your favorite by clicking on the little heart that sits atop their thumbnail image at the punchbowl. You’ve voted, congratulations!

Now that you’ve visited one of Memee’s Poetry Parties and seen how easy it is, perhaps you will consider taking the stage and sharing your poem at future linky party challenges!

Vote now!

I cannot win and I do not vote so, Minions, these writers are depending on you!