Help #TeamJacob Save Lives – Updated

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Suicide Prevention Week 2013This has been a particularly hard post to write. I’ve been trying to author something worthy of the people I have lost and nearly lost to suicide.

And I just can’t get through it.

It hurts that much. And I can’t even imagine how they must have been feeling to make that choice, only how much their loved ones suffer for the loss of them.

Today I was thinking about it more and decided that I would just have to post whatever I had as soon as possible – the fundraising team I’m on has a deadline – tomorrow night, Saturday the 14th at midnight.

So better a possibly crappy post asking you to donate to the cause of suicide prevention than none at all, right?

Why Donate?

There are so many misconceptions of suicide, some I’ve had myself. Time and empathy has taught me different lessons.

Depression is an illness – not, as some believe, a weakness of character.

Left untreated, depression can lead to suicide. It is a medical condition – like a broken leg. If you or someone you know had a broken leg, it’s unthinkable for most of us in the US to think any other alternative to fixing their leg was right, regardless of the circumstances under which the leg was injured.

It’s statistically likely that you know someone, right now, whose brain is “broken”-  they are depressed, as one in ten Americans are at any given time. And a hurtful irony of the illness is that one or many of the symptoms prevents them from either realizing they are sick, or being able to get help.

One of the possible end results is being desperate for an end to that pain or emptiness, and suicide is one thing some depressed people look to as a solution.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Suicide is preventable. And it will be more preventable if more of those who are depressed can find readily available help. You can be a part of that solution. You can, as my colleague Shelly so eloquently put it, save a life.

How You Can Help

Help #TeamJacob raise money to help prevent suicide, through the provision of an additional lifeline for those afflicted by depression. Here’s how: click here and give to The Kristin Brooks Hope Center. No amount is too small.*

*Um. Update. $10 is the minimum donation. Whoops.

The Kristin Brooks Hope Center operates a service called IMAlive.  It’s the first online crisis chat center — a place where people in dire need can get instant help from trained volunteers. It’s not a cure-all; it’s first aid that can help someone get to more lasting assistance.

While anyone can use the IMAlive service, it may be particularly useful for young people.

 Young people are especially vulnerable to depression and suicidal. More than 1 in 10 young people in the US have a depressive disorder. Depression can lead to distorted thought patterns and suicidal thoughts and behaviours. But the good news is that treatments and support are out there that can help young people deal with their depression.

Suicide is a major problem. In the United States and Canada, it’s the tenth most frequent cause of death, and for the young people, it’s the third most frequent in the US and the second most frequent in Canada.

Each suicide is a tragedy, robbing the world of human potential, and leaving lasting scars on those left behind.intervention is a gift to someone in crisis and everyone who cares for them.

And every suicide prevented by an intervention is a gift to someone in crisis and everyone who cares for them.

Who Are These “Team Jacob” People?

Jacob Weiskopf December 2011Team Jacob is a group of people touched by the loss of Jacob Weiskopf of Sudbury, Massachusetts. ( The picture to the right is the cropped from the only one I have of him. I didn’t get the chance to know him well, just visited his family often enough to know he was a spectacular young man with a bright future.

You hear that phrase all the time, that someone young who passed had a bright future, but I assure you, his picture is in the dictionary next to the term.

We’re participating because we want to help keep young people like Jacob around as long as we possibly can.

Your donation can help IMAlive reach that goal. Do it.  Click here  to donate now –  September 8 through 14 is National Suicide Prevention Week in the US.

Anyone can become clinically depressed, and the one thing the people I have lost and almost lost to suicide have one thing in common – I never thought in a million years that they would be the ones. You may think you don’t know someone who would do that, or that all the people you know never would, or that you could never be in that much pain.

But here’s the thing.

You don’t know. No one does. What we do know is that intervention helps. Life is too precious, too short, for us not to intervene if we can. If you can’t donate yourself, please share one of the following posts with someone who can.

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  1. says

    Hi Tinu,
    Wow. I lost a family member to suicide and had my own battles with the disease. Years, and I mean, years, of meditation, and personal development, have allowed me to defeat these demons but it was only after admitting my problem and getting help that I was able to defeat the demons.
    Most people have no clue in hell what is wrong with them. To make matters worse, ignorant people tell them to “get over it”, or “look on the bright side”, not knowing this illness needs to be treated, like any other disease, to be healed or cured.
    I myself am a happy guy now but have to watch moments where I seem to fall into an abyss. Thank God I got help many years ago and built my life around ideas like acceptance, expressing gratitude, and helping people, to lessen my own problems.
    Shared with my 25,000 plus tweeters. Wonderful message Tinu. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. AnneWeiskopf says

    Thank you sweet darling.  And you know – Jacob would totally SNATCH YOUR WEAVE for that post!  xoxoxo

  3. says

    AnneWeiskopf Wouldn’t he. :) I do miss him and all his sayings. No one else should be allowed to say “twerk” for all of time.

  4. bobledrew says

    Thank you, lovely Tinu. I might not snatch your weave for that, but I wish I could give you a very large hug.

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