National Suicide Prevention Week, September 10th to 16th
The first call of the morning was difficult to hear as he tried hard to control his sobbing.
His wife took her life three years ago and he hasn’t been able to grieve. He still breaks down , when alone, sobbing like it was the first day, in company he just wants to punch people. His head is still in a fog, he has unfocused thoughts and he blames himself for her death.
I told him of our SOS Group
Survivors of Suicide group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. I explained what he could expect from our group and he said “That’s exacly what I need.” He sobbed “People who understand .”
As the next meeting was 3 weeks away I suggested that he was welcome to come on by Nuçi’s Space at any point before the meeting and we could talk. He came by right away, such was the depth of his pain. After talking about all manner of things I asked him if he had ever considered counseling as a way of helping to cope with his situation. We talked about how it would work and the benefits it might hold. He decided that counseling, in addition to the SOS group for support and understanding would be a good way forward.
We set up a course of treatment to help with his stress, anxiety, anger and depression, brought about by many factors including loss, with our team of counselors partnering with us at Family Counseling Athens. He has his first appointment in hand his first group SOS went well. He was quiet but he opened up toward the end of the meeting and now has hope he can heal.
When someone takes their own life, we tend to focus on that individual, not seeing the mayhem and trauma family members, friends and loved ones, who are so often overlooked, now have to live with.
Siblings and close family members are often at risk directly after a suicide. Young people , close friends boy /girlfriends etc. are regularly overlooked and statistically more likely to attempt themselves than any other group. If you are affected by suicide or if you, or someone you know is in danger, you can find resources here.
You can avert a crisis by seeking help right away.
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For further information, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a vital national resource.
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The First Call of the Morning Campaign highlights a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space but more importantly offers, guidance, and resources for anyone going through or living with such issues and problems.
We actively help people get the resources they need when they need them. You can help us impact people directly by sharing this information.
Our vision is to end the epidemic of suicide and to inspire a culture free of the stigma attached to brain illnesses and its sufferers by supporting a community-wide effort that focuses on education, prevention and access to appropriate treatment.
Our mission is to prevent suicide. With a focus on musicians, Nuçi’s Space advocates for and helps to alleviate the suffering for those living with a brain illness and fights to end the stigma of mental illness.
To accomplish our mission, Nuçi’s Space maintains a health and resource center for musicians as a safe space to seek support and guidance, provides access to affordable, obstacle-free professional care, actively participates in treatment and educates about awareness, prevention and the risk factors of brain illnesses.
Nuçi’s Space, and all those who represent the organization, will champion a culture of kindness and support to all in our community and maintain the highest standards of caring in all that we do through Nurturing | Understanding | Compassion | Insight.