By Kathryn Green
Categories: Empowerment, Feelings, Life Coaching, Motivation, Stigma, Suicide Loss, Suicide Prevention, Thoughts

September is Suicide Prevention Month.

As you may know, I lost my late husband to suicide in December of 2011 and the ripple effect of his death has been significant for all of us who knew and loved him.
While I can’t go back and change things for him and for any of us, I want to help bring awareness to and help prevent suicide, as well as offer support for suicide-loss survivors.
As an Empowerment Life Coach, I work to empower widows of suicide let go of the stigma of their experience, along with the blame, guilt and self-doubt, find confidence, courage, and compassion to rebuild their lives.
Suicide prevention, and thus suicide-loss support, begins with dialog and lessening the stigma associated with mental illness.
Simultaneously, it is about education at all ages about how to manage the adversity, challenge and heartache we as humans face all throughout our lives.
It is essential that we learn how to support our mental health in every stage of our development.
There is relief from the pain and suffering and it begins with understanding and learning how to manage our thoughts, feelings and actions at any age.
It is a process.
It is essential.
It is how we stop the suffering.
There is NO shame in reaching out for help.
There is strength and courage in vulnerability.
We must challenge the status quo and the stigma that exists.
We must reach out to lend and take the helping hand.
We must open up and fill our hearts with love, compassion and grace.
I am sharing this podcast, as it focuses on suicide and mental health. Christy Buck, Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan defines mental health and provides some startling statistics. She also shares the Mental Health Foundation’s BE NICE MODEL that helps to educate students, parents and teachers.
N = Notice what’s right and what’s good
I = Invite yourself to start a conversation
C = Challenge the stigma
E = Empower yourself and others
If you are having suicidal thoughts, in the U.S. contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. For international hotlines click here:
Reach out. You are loved. There is support.


Have a beautiful week!



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