30 Day Kindness Challenge, Day 29 - Kindness & Compassion Can Help Prevent Suicide

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30 Day Kindness Challenge, Day 29 - Kindness & Compassion Can Help Prevent Suicide
Dec 01, 2023, Season 1, Episode 29
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The Lifesaving Power of a Smile

The Impact of Compassion in Preventing Suicide

Kevin Hines, a suicide survivor, mental health advocate, and keynote speaker, was speaking at a Mental Health Awareness Conference. He emphasizes the power of a simple smile in preventing suicide. 14 years ago, he personally survived a suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge when he was a distraught 19-year-old college student with bipolar issues. He talks about his desperate hope that someone would ask him what was wrong and stop him, but no one did, leading to his jump.

He shared a story about someone who had taken their own life by jumping off a bridge. They had left behind a note saying If just one person smiles at them, they won’t jump. “That man is dead,” he said. 

Their decision could have been prevented if just one person had shown them a smile that day.

He encouraged the audience to take action if they encounter someone who appears visibly distressed, even if they are a stranger. Ask them, “Hey, are you OK? Is something wrong?” That can be enough to keep someone alive, he said.

30 Day Kindness Challenge, Day 29 - Kindness & Compassion Can Help Prevent Suicide

If you're new here, I am hosting a daily podcast throughout the month of November in which I discuss kindness and provide a kindness challenge. Today's topic is both profound and vitally important:

The Role of Kindness in Preventing Suicide. It's a subject that's somber, but it's also one filled with hope.

Seek Help: If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call 988

Ore contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at :

1-800-273-TALK (8255). In emergencies, call 911. 

For non-emergencies and support, contact the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI (6264).

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The Lifesaving Power of a Smile

The Impact of Compassion in Preventing Suicide

Kevin Hines, a suicide survivor, mental health advocate, and keynote speaker, was speaking at a Mental Health Awareness Conference. He emphasizes the power of a simple smile in preventing suicide. 14 years ago, he personally survived a suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge when he was a distraught 19-year-old college student with bipolar issues. He talks about his desperate hope that someone would ask him what was wrong and stop him, but no one did, leading to his jump.

He shared a story about someone who had taken their own life by jumping off a bridge. They had left behind a note saying If just one person smiles at them, they won’t jump. “That man is dead,” he said. 

Their decision could have been prevented if just one person had shown them a smile that day.

He encouraged the audience to take action if they encounter someone who appears visibly distressed, even if they are a stranger. Ask them, “Hey, are you OK? Is something wrong?” That can be enough to keep someone alive, he said.

30 Day Kindness Challenge, Day 29 - Kindness & Compassion Can Help Prevent Suicide

If you're new here, I am hosting a daily podcast throughout the month of November in which I discuss kindness and provide a kindness challenge. Today's topic is both profound and vitally important:

The Role of Kindness in Preventing Suicide. It's a subject that's somber, but it's also one filled with hope.

Seek Help: If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call 988

Ore contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at :

1-800-273-TALK (8255). In emergencies, call 911. 

For non-emergencies and support, contact the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI (6264).

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