It’s been a while since we’ve done a Friday Favorites. I promised I would do one for today because there was a lot going on this week: World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) and the anniversary of 9/11. I’m having a hard time focusing on current events though, so I think the ‘favs’ are going to be a bit spastic. Let’s give it a go.
According to the World Health Organization’s report, more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year. That’s about 1 person every 40 seconds. Recognizing that suicide is preventable, yet remains a global phenomenon, WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide. Amen.
No One Else Can Play Your Part – TWLOHA Campaign to Celebrate National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-14)
In the wake of actor Robin Williams’ suicide, What’s Your Grief spoke with expert Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C on how to talk to children about suicide.
Lifeline E-Cards via the Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers e-cards to send to friends and family who need a ‘virtual hug’ and a reminder that hope is available.
The Link Between Sunshine and Suicide via Newsweek
The Journal of the American Medical Association Society Psychiatry published a paper suggesting that sunshine is linked to “fatal self harm, independent of the season.”
The researchers studied Austria’s suicide data (including date of suicide, gender of the deceased, method of suicide) from January 1, 1970 to May 6, 2010—as provided by Statistics Austria—alongside meteorological data for the same time period. Of the 69,462 suicides registered in Austria during that 40 year period, they found that the days with more suicides tended to be sunnier.
Understanding How Grief Weakens the Body via The Atlantic
New research found that, among the elderly in particular, the recent loss of a loved one may leave a person more vulnerable to infectious disease. You didn’t need a study to tell you that though, right?
Secret Mourning Room for 9/11 Victims Open to Public After 13 Years via carbonated.tv
The Family Room was set up by the New York State Museum in the wake of 9/11 as a place for survivors to mourn, honor and remember. The New York State Museum explains:
Immediately following the September 11 attacks, an outdoor viewing platform was created overlooking the World Trade Center site where families could visit to grieve and observe the recovery efforts. Tributes, photographs and messages of love from around the world adorned the platform.
As winter approached, family members requested a private indoor space. Recognizing the need for a place of quiet reflection, space was donated by Brookfield Properties on the 20th floor of One Liberty Plaza Overlooking the World Trade Center site.
Up until now, the room was kept private and family members could only gain access by showing a medical examiner’s family identification card.
Some Grief Related Movie Trailers
If I Stay
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
…which doesn’t explicit say it’s about grief, but I feel pretty sure it’s about dealing with life after loss. Oh… and love I guess?
…And 11 Inspiring Videos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity via Mashable
For your daily good-feels, of course! My favorite, Gnarly in Pink.
But I’m weird. If you’re not weird, you might like The Letter That Survived 9/11.