How can I know and where can we start?

 

How do we know when someone is going through something painful?

We ask.

What about when we are struggling silently but don’t know where to turn?

We share.

 

Fact: Suicide is not an isolated event.

Fact: There is more to suicide than suicide itself

 

All of you do that and have it in you to naturally want to share. Sometimes, we may feel our sharing might be being a downer…maybe we are concerned more of burdening someone else…maybe we are scared of being rejected.

I am sure all of us have had a time where we open up and begin to share our story then we feel shut down. Some of us may not even get that far. Then we withdraw, then we isolate, then…we start to believe no one cares about us at all. How do we break the cycle of suffering in silence?

I was watching a video from the person surviving jumping off the second highest bridge in the state of California, the Golden Gate bridge. He is the only one that has survived, to date. He suffered in silence and now he speaks out encouraging others to share so they can learn that even if you are having thoughts of suicide, feelings of hopelessness and just wanting all the pain to stop, you can still find hope by giving yourself the chance to speak about that dark place you are in. If you would like to hear his story, web search the name Kevin Hines or click his name here: Kevin Hines.

He confides that had he had someone just showed they cared, it would have talked him off the ledge.

Ask. And when someone does, that could be the opportunity to share your story. If no one asks, breathe, pause and consider what is one thing that is keeping you uncertain about choosing suicide or choosing life.

Author

pikjohnson@ucdavis.edu
I want this to be a safe space to share my goings-on while I dig deep into my journey of self-discovery. What brings me to my desire to share my journey? I wish to provide life-coaching services to others. I coach to help others uncover what it is that is holding them back from accomplishing what is dearest in their hearts, spirit and minds. I am currently a student at iPEC, Institute of Professional Excellence in coaching. I am determined to disseminate my coaching services to all those interested. While I coach, I also would like to share bits and pieces of what it is that I do as a life coach-to-be and inversely, what I do not do. I am an imagineer, at your service. That is the best way I can describe a life coach to you. As a life coach-to-be, I can teach you how to think outside the box, consider alternative perspectives and reflect on what influences your thoughts. If any of this sounds like something you are experiencing, what is stopping you from moving forward? A space to message me may be found on the middle menu option on my home page. I acknowledge, appreciate and embody gratitude for each and every one of you and the struggles which you endeavour each and every moment. No one is a stranger to adversity. We can all overcome adversity because of our combined diversity. Thank you for contributing your time into our growing and collective, worldly diversity. Endearingly yours, Kim

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