Every day we have an opportunity to make a difference in our life, those around us like family, friend, co-workers, our community. How often do we take advantage of this chance to do good.
Altruism is defined as doing something good for others with no expectation of receiving something in return. You do something kind, or to help others just because you want to; you know it will help the other person or its just the right thing to do!
This past weekend I heard stories from my mentor and fellow mastermind colleagues of phenomenal altruistic efforts and just hearing them made my heart sing. As an IMPACT business owner, I am passionate about people using business as a vehicle for doing good in the world – for changing how we leverage our ability to make money in a way that brings prosperity to everyone and everything we touch.
September is Suicide Awareness and & Prevention Month. According to statistics Canada, there were 4,157 suicides took place in Canada in 2017, making it the 9th leading cause of death, between Alzheimer’s Disease (8th) and Cirrhosis and other liver diseases (10th). Suicide attempts are much higher! In the US, there are over 3800 suicide attempts every day! The sad fact is the death rates have been increasing over the past decade!
Having experienced a suicide in my extended family, I understand how devastating it can be and how this one act has a ripple effect far greater than the loss of one valuable life. I believe its time we all can step up and become more aware of the signs and symptoms of a person in need of our intervention and/or support.
According to Crisis Services Canada, high risk signs for suicide can include talk or threats to harm oneself, looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online for materials or means, talking or writing about death, dying or suicide. Other signs include the following:
- Increased substance use (alcohol or drug)
- Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness; no sense of purpose in life
- Anxiety, agitation or uncontrolled anger
- Unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
- Feelings of being trapped– like there’s no way out
- Withdrawal from friends, family and society
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
- Dramatic mood changes
If you think someone is in imminent risk of suicide, call “911”. If not, it is recommended we don’t ignore the signs. It’s ok to talk about it. Research has shown talking about suicide doesn’t increase the chance they will kill themselves. In fact, being understanding and empathetic can do the opposite as it shows you care, and that they are not alone.
My colleague in Sarasota Florida, Jackie Simmons, has published a book with a huge mission! Her book, “Make it a Great Day: The Choice is Yours” is now available. Jackie’s goal is to get this book in the hands of 100,000 youth by the end of 2019, and 500,000 next year and each year beyond.
You can purchase books on this site, and one book will be given to a teen or you can sponsor 2 youth to receive a book for only $9.99 US.
I hope you will join me and support Jackie’s mission to stem the tide of suicide. I have already donated 3 books. I have also shared this opportunity with business colleagues, family and friends. I am encouraging you to do the same.