Choose Life

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. ~ Kevyn Aucoin ~

This week the media has reported the news of comedian/actor Robin William’s suicide.   Although tragic, Mr. William’s death has also initiated a dialogue about depression and suicide…at least for the moment.  Every day there are people living with depression and family members, emergency service people and care workers willing are there to lend and helping hand to those who need it.  The TED Talk today highlights one such person.

The Golden Gate Bridge has had a growing tally of suicides from its deck 1,600 plus. In the over two decades that Kevin Briggs worked as a highway patrolman he saved hundreds of people from jumping, all but two people he came in to contact with.  In this TED Talk he explains how you can help change someone’s way of thinking, someone so distraught that they are prepared to take their own life.

If you need help and you are in Canada:
http://www.cmha.ca/
Programa Salud Mental Panama:
http://www.minsa.gob.pa/programa/programa-salud-mental
If you want to learn more:
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/
Read other stories:
http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com/2014/08/13/depression-really-sucks/
http://time.com/3107468/robin-williams-dead-suicide-psychology/
http://qz.com/248247/suicides-are-surprisingly-high-among-middle-aged-men-in-the-us/
http://thinkdreamdo.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/social-media-as-grief-counsellor-r-i-p-robin-williams/
http://time.com/3103256/robin-williams-dead-jim-norton/
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6 Responses to Choose Life

  1. Loca Gringa says:

    Although mental health professionals are a great help IF those people that need them actually see them, they are often unseen or not available at a moments notice. Most, don’t seek help. That is, when the people that need them the most, at that specific time of desperation. For Canada, please refer to this website for the appropriate number for where you live. If you are depressed, do so in advance and keep that number accessible 100% of the time.

    http://suicideprevention.ca/

  2. Heartbreaking to think of people in so much pain that death seems the only option. I saw a film – the Bridge. Photographers set up cameras to watch the Golden Gate Bridge, and filmed a number of people jumping. I will never be able to go over that bridge again without thinking of it, and all the people who die there.

    • indacampo says:

      I think people that work with others in crisis and something special and this guy is one of them. 🙂

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