The Bridge Update
Hi everyone. G’day from Down Under!
I wrote a comment within my blog entry, but in case you didn’t see it, I want to be sure to thank everyone who tuned in to Friday’s show, “The Bridge Controversy — Tragic Choice,” and left their thoughts and comments on the Dr. Phil show Web site and on my blog.
I have some great news worth sharing. The folks from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline let us know that, with the rebroadcast of The Bridge, the Lifeline received a record number of calls, as they did the first time it aired. They also told us that links from DrPhil.com to the Lifeline Gallery resulted in at least six people sharing their stories of hope and recovery!
The dramatic increase in calls shows that there are so many people out there who are willing to get help, if they know where to turn. We must work to not overlook those who are in pain. If you know someone who is hurting, reach out to them. You may feel as though you aren’t qualified to help in such a serious situation, but you can at least guide them to local resources. If you’re not sure where to turn, the Lifeline Network has 140 Centers in 48 states — their Web site is a great place to start. And in those urgent circumstances, whether it involves you or another person, if the danger seems immediate, by all means call 911 for help.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts and stories. If you are among those who are struggling, remember that you are not alone. Things can get better, and help is available.