Let's safeTALK about it. . .

Suicide Alertness

Most people who have thoughts of suicide want help to stay alive. On Tuesday, I attended a training to help identify the ways in which people thinking of suicide may invite help from others. The program is called safeTALK.

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  • 20 October 2016
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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A comment that moved me. . .

Shortly after I published my post entitled Before and After (read the full text here), I received a comment from my cousin, Evelyn. Her words are filled with painful honesty and truth, and I wanted to share them with you. I contacted her first, and she gave me permission. Click the photo to read her comment and my responses, one of which is below:


  • 26 August 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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A different take on before and after. . .

Before and After

I learned this lesson the hard way a couple of years ago, and I learned it again in full force over the last month when the son of a woman I know jumped off a roof to his death; the next day, I learned about two more recent suicides that happened in families I know of. Most people don’t think about the decision to stay alive as a choice, we don’t consider the option to say, No, thanks to life, but some people do. These are the befores and afters that change everything.

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  • 5 August 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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