By the time you finish reading this post, someone in the U.S. will have taken their own life. It's one of the bleak but ever hidden realities that surfaces every thirteen minutes that we don't like to acknowledge. However, there are some folks that believe it's time to start talking about it.
Our most recent project with the Living Well Network seeks to tear down the walls of taboo and fear associated with suicide and open up a conversation about these ineffable topics throughout the Mid-South. The LWN is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing those with depression, anxiety or alcohol dependency by connecting them to the resources they need to live healthier and fuller lives.
As much as we love a compelling story that connects with people in a way that leads them to action, this tale has been a difficult one to hear. We took two days to interview Debbie Jones, wife of deceased husband Dennis H. Jones (whom the organization is named after), along with other LWN Representatives, who shared heart-wrenching stories of people they loved and the choices to end their own lives. For Debbie, the loss of her husband was the catalyst for the Living Well Network and its tireless work to reverse the disparate trend of suicide and help people like Dennis get the assistance they need.
If you need immediate assistance or want to learn more about the Living Well Network, visit: http://livingwellfrontporch.org/