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Home/"WVMC Voices" by Zac Woodruff/1-800-273-8255, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

I don’t exactly know what to write down.

Without getting into much detail, an extended family member, who looked out for me my entire life, took his own life a few days ago.

I was in the car pulling into the driveway when my sister called and let me know what happened. I was really sad to hear the news. Damn. I just shook my head.

I went inside feeling quite saddened and thinking about all of the members of the family this impacted.

I explained to my son and daughter what happened. It was the first time I had to talk with a 12 year old and an 8 year old about suicide and how sometimes people decide to end their own lives. They were saddened to think that someone they knew was hurting so badly they decided to take their own life.

An hour later we hopped in the car, picked up my wife from work and hit the I-5.

Tonight, my wife, my kids, and I got back into town after spending the last two days in Mount Shasta with my mom, my uncle, my sister, my nieces and my nephew. They all live in Northern California (the Bay Area region), so we met up around the ½ way point to celebrate the holidays.

We loved being together and it was great spending time together, but we were all saddened by the tragic loss of someone we all loved. We talked about it many times throughout the weekend, and it ultimately we just wished we could have done something to help. Anything.

How did this happen? How do you process something like this? How do you make sense of it? How do you support the closest people left behind? Could anyone have done anything to help?

So many questions.

That’s why we all need to know this number.

1-800-273-8255

It’s the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

It provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Again. The number is 1-800-273-8255.

Whether you know someone in need of help or you yourself are in crisis, this number can save your life.

Recently, a hip-hop artist named Logic made a song entitled 1-800-273-8255 (the actual number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). The song is an amazing piece of art that aims to give hope to those people who feel like ending their own life. To view the video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb24RrHIbFk

The song has helped raise awareness on a very uncomfortable topic and has inspired many people to speak up and help out. Share the song. Share this blog. Share the number. Talk to your family members about suicide. Be a part of the conversation.

If you need help or you know someone who needs help, please call that number. And for more information visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org