Suicide impacts many. In my work with trauma survivors I am all too familiar with what can drive a person to believe that this is a viable option, or the only way to finally escape the pain. As a therapist, I hold onto hope when others cannot. I firmly believe that there are always other solutions; help in finding them is available. Today Dreams Untitled is partnering with other suicide prevention programs to “open a dialogue” about suicide prevention via a nationwide chalk mural campaign.
Projects like Dreams Untitled help raise awareness about suicide. Because suicide, along with mental health issues in general, is so stigmatized, those who are suffering often do so in isolation. Awareness can lead to prevention.
Dreams Untitled is a national campaign calling on individuals to create inspiring sidewalk chalk murals in public areas such as parks, university courtyards, town & city courtyards, sidewalks, and more.
Each chalk mural is the artist’s own interpretation of hope. It is a personal creation capturing the essence of what dreams tomorrow may bring. A personal story encouraging others to keep pushing. A story that shines light on the potential and hope that the future holds.
On the night of April 21st, we are asking Dreams Untitled participants to organize local vigils to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.
We also ask all participants to speak out about suicide statistics and raise awareness of suicide-prevention advocacy in your area. Reach out. Share your story. Write to your community newspaper or tell your loved ones. Tell people why you are participating in Dreams Untitled and why it is so important to share hope.
Dreams Untitled will also be highlighting the efforts of national and local suicide-prevention organizations on our project blog. It is our hope to help raise awareness of the efforts being made for suicide-prevention.
Some facts and stats about suicide:
- Suicide ranks third as a cause of death among young (15-24) Americans.
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents attempt suicide at a rate three to six times that of comparably aged heterosexual youth.
- Mental health diagnoses are generally associated with a higher rate of suicide. Psychological autopsy studies reflect that more than 90% of completed suicides had one or more mental disorders.
- The risk of suicide is increased by more than 50 percent in depressed individuals.
- Socially isolated individuals are generally found to be at a higher risk for suicide.
- The vast majority of individuals who are suicidal often display cues and warning signs.
Seek help immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing these warning signs: Go to your nearest emergency room, contact a mental health professional or call
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Lifeline for Hearing or Speech Impaired (requires TTY Equipment)1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
For Worldwide support contact Befrienders.org