1. He turned a tragedy into a mission Wendy Green 44:05

Dennis Gillan lost 2 brothers to suicide in the span of 11 years. It took him a long time before he could talk about this loss. Now he has started a non-profit organization called HalfASorrow.org to educate people about suicide prevention.

In this episode Dennis shared how he began to address the problem initially by volunteering on a suicide hotline. It took awhile before he could talk about what happened to his own brothers.

The rate of completed suicides is higher than the national average in the 55-64 year old age range. Illness is a big factor in this group, as is loneliness. As we age we tend to lose friends, we lose groups we were once part of. We lose connection and purpose.

Dennis shared some of the warning signs a person might exhibit when they are contemplating suicide. He also gave us some tips on how to address our concerns directly to the person we suspect is having these thoughts.

The nation-wide suicide prevention hotline is 988.

Episode Takeaways:

  1. If you suspect someone is contemplating suicide, ask them, “are you ok? are you thinking about suicide?”
  2. If they say yes, ask if they have a plan. Then find a way to get them to talk about reasons to live (like a pet, a child, etc)
  3. How to volunteer for a suicide hotline

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Wendy Green is a Certified Life Coach, working with people going through the

sometimes uncomfortable life transition from full-time work to “what’s next.”

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You can reach Dennis Gillan at dennis@halfasorrow.org

Or check out the website www.halfasorrow.org

Wendy Green Blogger, Podcaster

My vision for Hey, Boomer™ is to build a safe place where people come to learn, to grow, to be inspired, while also making the world a better place for themselves and for future generations.