WHAT IS SPCC?
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) was
formed in 1999, when concerned citizens set out to create a statewide
agency with the purpose of preventing suicide and creating a resource
network for those who were working to prevent suicide around the state.
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When a Suicide Prevention Hero Dies by Suicide
Written by Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW
Untold thousands, maybe even millions, of people embraced Amy Bleuel’s symbol of passionate resistance against suicide: a simple semicolon. Tattoos, jewelry, and art feature the period floating above a comma, not for punctuation, but for an expression of hope.
That delicate punctuation mark, Amy would tell people, meant that the writer still had more to say. And the same is true for suicidal people: “Your story isn’t over.”
Yet Amy’s story ended last week, at the age of 31. She died by suicide. My heart breaks for her and her loved ones. It also breaks for the many strangers whose lives she touched.
Once, she wrote in the mission statement for her organization Project Semicolon, “The vision is that people see the value in their story…The vision is that suicide is no longer an option to be considered…The vision is hope, and hope is alive….”
How do we reconcile those words when the writer not only considered suicide, but died by it?
Anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts should contact Colorado Crisis Services: http://coloradocrisisservices.org/ or 844-493-TALK(8255).