September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - An Event Here in Conshohocken
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – An Event Here in Conshohocken
by Brian Coll
Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Robin Williams, Andre Waters. You may know these names, you may know their songs or movies or remember how they laid it all out on the football field, you may also wonder What if? What if they didn’t kill themselves? What would they have done? Where would they be now?
Guess what, we will never know, because we don’t have the chance to help them.
However, if you know someone who is struggling, maybe something they say to you after a couple of beers, or a Facebook post that looks like they are fishing for someone to engage with them, reach out. You might be the lifeline they need. Take a minute to talk to your children, see if they or someone they know are being bullied. Life isn’t fair, and sometimes all a person needs is another person to see them struggling and reach out.
If you know someone who you think could use a professional to talk to, there is an event taking place here at the Fellowship House on September 11th. The event is running from 6:30 til 8:30
If you see this and need to talk to someone right away in regards to a loved one or friend, call the Montco crisis line 1-855-634-4673 (hope)
The National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (talk)
If you need to text, text PA to 741741
A few more things of note. Our friends in the military (and I hope I am not offending any of my friends who have served or continue to serve, you have my number if you need to talk about this or anything) there is a surprising number of men and women who have served who are taking their own lives. These are some of the strongest, bravest people I know and it is sometimes tough to see the cracks under the surface. I’m not an expert, I don’t even know the signs to look for. I honestly don’t even know how to bring up the subject, so if you have served, and you see this and you need help, there are people here for you. People you know, maybe someone you don’t know. Please, help us out so we can help you out. You’ve done so much for all of us, the least we can do is listen.
I’m grateful that Anna from the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce came by the shop along with the Mayor’s fiancé Sarah McGlinchey to talk about the event. While the September 11th date may conflict with the traditional moment of silence that West Conshohocken has had, this is an event that hopes to help people.