suicide awareness

31 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, , Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Merriam-Webster

Change the Definition of Suicide

Every day is a tough day to cope with losing a loved one by suicide. The holidays only bring up more memories and, often, more pain and grief. As a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of suicide and mental illness and that provides support for those affected, i understand calls on the American Association of Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to change the definition of suicide on their websites and in their literature, or to add this new definition on their information pages about suicide.   Rather than including the outdated, stigmatizing definition about intentionally taking one’s own life, we believe wording should focus on suicide’s tie to severe pain and mental illness. The definition should be changed to, “a terminal side effect of mental illness; the result of wanting one’s physical or emotional pain to end.” Suicide is often a terminal effect of a mental illness. Alternatively, one does not need to have been formally diagnosed with a psychological disorder to experience pain. One may feel pain, despair, and hopelessness after experiences of heartbreak, bullying, financial loss, or even a broken leg that caused physical pain and/or difficult changes in lifestyle. Any difficult circumstance can cause pain, and sometimes it feels too difficult for one to live with. Thus, it is time to change the definition so that all of these circumstances can be discussed openly and honestly, providing relief and hope for those struggling.   Vonnie, the founder of i understand, lost her husband to suicide, and many of our supporters are survivors, as well. We believe that a change in the definition will change the way we all speak.   For example, if you ask how Vonnie’s husband died and she answers, “He killed himself,” how does that make you feel? Or If she answers, “He died from depression,” how do you feel?   Likely, the two answers will lead to very different conversations, the second resulting in a discussion about the suffering he was experiencing.   We believe it’s important to talk about WHY someone died rather than HOW someone died by suicide. And those reasons revolve around a struggle so deep that the person sees no other way to manage. We need to focus on the mental illness or pain leading to the death – the causes and symptoms – rather than the act itself. This will increase understanding and reduce the stigma attached to suicide and, in turn, will save lives. A simple change in language can impact those struggling with their physical or mental health, their loved ones, and survivors of suicide loss.   We call on AFSP and NAMI to be the first to make a public move affirming this definition by including it in their literature and websites. We believe this should be a movement across the world in mental health organizations, schools, families, dictionaries, psychological organizations, and social circles. Change the conversation with those around you – you never know whose life you could be impacting. AFSP and NAMI - it's time to take action.  i understand is a nonprofit organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, promoting awareness of suicide and mental illness and providing support for those affected. We hold support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and we host free monthly community events. We have partnered with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where we have funded a Clinical Nurse Specialist who educates about mental health in the traditional hospital setting – the first position of its kind in the country. Our nurse works with staff on using proper language around mental illness and on finding appropriate treatment for patients. Additionally, we provide care packages for those affected by a mental health crisis at the hospital. Visit our website at or find us on Facebook by searching i understand or #iunderstandloveheals

i understand
6,525 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Jeanette Steed

Clear-Nation Jason Steed

ProblemSuicide, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, BI-Polar, Dementia, ADHD, ADD, Schizophrenia, Obsessive compulsive disorder, and Autism are all forms of mental illness. Mental illness is a clear disease that can not be seen. It touches all ages, race, sex, religion, weight, height, Educational status, and finical status. It effects millions each day as well as their loved ones. If you do not know any one with any of the above illnesses you are either blessed beyond belief or you need to pay more attention. But let’s be honest we all do and it’s time to start helping bring our loved ones back to life. Back to smiling. Back to helping our friends. I’m asking for you to help me,help them. My goal is to bring awareness and be a voice of those who need it most. All I am asking is for you to sign with me. Sign in the name of Jason and all those who took their lives. Let me fight for them. Let me fight for you.Time for change in our mental health system #CLEARNATION#mentalawearness#fightforthemSolutionBetter mental health care that is assessable to all in the state of Texas no matter Sex, Age, Race, Financial status, education level, and needs to be available at all times day and night. Any one having a mental illness should receive no less then 10 free visits or 6 months of fallow up visits. We need to open up 24 hour clinics and the counselors and Therapist should have to intern or be required to volunteer to receive or keep there license.Personal storyMy husband recently took his life after years of battling bipolar disorder and depression. The true life of mental illness affects every one In some way or another. Our government needs to step in and make some changes so the lost can be saved. I will walk on October 22, 2019, in my husband's name to the state capital so he and all who have died by suicide can be an example of our government's failure in mental health.

Jeanette Steed
327 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to United Soccer Coaches, U.S. Soccer

Make Mental Health Education Mandatory for US Soccer Coaches

The statistics surrounding depression and suicide for young people in the United States are STAGGERING-   Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18 and more teenagers and young adults will die from suicide than from Cancer, Heart Disease, AIDS, Birth Defects, Stroke, Pneumonia, Influenza, and Chronic Lung Disease, COMBINED (2016 CDC WISQARS). Each day in our nation, there are an average of 3,041 attempts by young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally supplied to grades 7 and 8, the numbers would be even higher (Jason Foundation). What's more staggering is that FOUR out of FIVE teen who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs (Jason Foundation). But what's my point? It is difficult for many adults to understand what would motivate a young person to take their own life. Changes in behavior of a child are often seen as part of adolescence. This may not be the case. Some youth see ending their lives as the only option to end the pain they are going through. As a soccer coach who has taken many licensing courses and has worked for a professional soccer organization, I have never been taught anything relative to warning signs of mental health problems in the youth that I coach. I feel that the warning signs of youth suicide are something that we, as coaches and adults, can help to recognize and aid/seek help for the young adults that we coach. The more that we understand, the more we can openly talk to young people about the problems they are facing. We NEED to be able to recognize signs of concern and know how to react and get professional help if needed. This is why I'm calling on U.S. Youth Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches Organization to make mental health education training a compulsory part of all Soccer Licensing Courses that they offer. If educating coaches of the warning signs can save just one life, then the training will have been worth it. Thank you.        

Richard Roselli
40 supporters