Monday, July 18, 2022


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Somthing important happened with suicide prevention last week that I hope will make a difference for many people.  Instead of having to dial 1-800-SUICIDE, those in need simply need to dial 988.  After July 16, either dialing 988 or another number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will connect the caller to the 988 number. 988 is more direct, simpler, and more expedient, along with being easier to remember.  I also like the idea that it is called a LIFELINE. 

The old system had flaws, including not always having a person avaialble to accept calls. The new number promises better service.   A national hotline number of just three digits seems to put suicide prevention in the important emergency category where it belongs.  I have read all of the information on the FAQ sheet, and it looks like they have all categories covered, including help for those who do not speak English. Here is a link to the FAQ sheet:

Let's hope that folks seeking help can get what they need through this new government initiative. Sometimes, the decision of whether or not to take one's own life is made very quickly, and expedient help is of the utmost importance.  I like the idea of the 988 number very much. 

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I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
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