I’ve just learned from a friend that there is a petition circulating to end “dark money” in our elections. I’ve also heard that people are saying they believe in the petition when asked to sign it, but decline to sign for fear of retaliation. Is this true?
If it is “true,” what have we become as a country? Where did America go?
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I’ve just recently learned of another person lost to suicide here in Sheridan. My heart goes out to that person, and to their loved ones. I feel sadness and compassion, and wish so much that this suicide could have been prevented. I don’t know them, but I do know that crushing pain and sorrow that came with the suicides of my classmate when I was young, of my sister in law and of my good friend, several months ago.
We know the statistics. Wyoming’s been among the five states with America’s highest per capita suicide rates for decades. On the average, someone in Wyoming dies from suicide about every 3 days.
But, we are not statistics. We’re strong and caring people. We owe it to families — our families — who have been impacted, to change Wyoming’s story of suicide.
Just in the last couple of days, I’ve talked with at least a half dozen people who have lost someone to suicide, or have been at risk themselves. They have found the support and awareness to survive and thrive. And now, each in their own way, they’re helping others as well. These interactions weren’t counseling or training sessions, just everyday conversations. We probably didn’t talk about suicide at all. But, if at some point we do need to talk about suicide, we know we can do that. It really makes a difference.
New connections, discussions, information, education and training can help to bring about the positive changes in Wyoming’s “suicide story.”
There’s a great opportunity coming up on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Inner Circle at the Sheridan library. The Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is specifically for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. It occurs this time of year in communities around the world, provided and sponsored by AFSP, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s free, down to earth, low key and common sense. You’re welcome to join in the conversation or just listen. You’ll find good information, refreshments and no expectation to join any organization or believe any specific belief. It’s just an opportunity to spend some time with others who are each finding their own way, and their own hope, through this journey of healing.
For more information, please call 752-6989, or AFSP-Survivor Day online.
AFSP Wyoming Chapter co-chair