West Palm Beach, FL, September 08, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Millions Now Wonder--Would I Ever Kill Myself? Suicidal man's life saved by words of a stranger
When a popular movie star like Robin Williams kills himself, many people suffering from self-destructive thoughts, lose ground in their fight for life. One Internet blogger (“My Dualities”) said: “News of Robin Williams’ death made my heart plummet [and] brought thoughts of hopelessness to my already raging depression.”
In the midst of this frustration, there is hope; some who seriously contemplated suicide have actually changed their minds completely, without clinical intervention. Here is one example:
On the night he was released from jail for drug abuse, Andrew B. wandered into a Greyhound bus station and asked a stranger for a dollar. The stranger, Alvin Day, gave him five dollars and asked about his situation. When Andrew shared his story of hard times, he said, Mr. Alvin Day launched into an energized discussion of the great advantages and opportunities before Andrew, just to be alive, free and in good health. Mr. Alvin Day told stories of people who would gladly exchange their biggest problems for Andrew's and charged him to seize the opportunity and refuse to feel sorry for himself.
"Give me back my five dollars!" Mr Alvin Day said. When Andrew complied, Day gave him $20 and promised to meet him the following night at the same place. When they met, Mr. Alvin Day gave him some clothes and a copy of Day's empowerment book—If Caterpillars Can Fly ~ So Can I—which he promised to read and apply. Then they lost touch for a long period.
Andrew reports that one year later, he saw his best friend jump in front of an oncoming train. His body was dragged for 50 yards and physically rubbed out on the tracks. Traumatized, Andrew decided that he too, would kill himself. "The only reason I'm alive today is because of the words Mr. Alivn Day planted in my head and the lessons from that book," he said.
Both men reconnected in 2014 and are collaborating to share their story of life and hope around the world.
The need is great. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2011, the most recent year with data available, 39,518 Americans killed themselves and 8.3 million struggled with thoughts of doing the same. The CDC also reports that Baby Boomer suicides shot up approximately 55% between 1999 and 2011. In that same period, economic pressures intensified as disposable incomes decreased 7.3%, adjusted for inflation (Sentier Research Trend Data).
One other factor worsens the situation: According to Dr. Barbara Krantz, director of medical research at the Hanley Center, Baby Boomers' drug use is surging, as many seek quick ways to deal with their problems. This is a deadly combination, as research has shown a direct connection between drug abuse and suicide.
The entire combination was working against Andrew. He was a Baby Boomer with a history of drug abuse, tough economic times and frequent imprisonment. Words of courage saved his life.
Now, many years later, Andrew has: gotten married; started a transportation business; celebrated six years of being drug-free; and become a frequent inspirational speaker for support groups and rehabilitation centers.
Day, a former 10 year veteran of Procter & Gamble, is Executive Director of The Empowerment Institute. He does executive coaching and motivational keynote speeches in Spanish and English, for Fortune 500 and multinational clients in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
"I’m a businessman with no formal training in mental health…the truth is, that whole area scares me,” Mr Alvin Day said, when asked about his ability to help others develop this deep desire for life. “My books and coaching deal with personal empowerment and business success. Frankly, I’m often surprised at the impact my work has on people."
He also acknowledges that in many cases, suicidal tendencies arise from deep hormonal and personality disorders that demand clinical intervention, but he marvels at the number of people who can gain help from words of power, validation and encouragement.
Both Andrew and Mr. Alvin Day are making themselves available to be interviewed together for television, radio and print media, sharing their story of hope and power with all who have ever wondered about killing themselves—from down-and-out ex-convicts to successful movie stars.
And coincidentally this Wednesday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.
About Alvin Day and The Empowerment Institute
Leading The Empowerment Institute, Alvin Day has helped corporate clients and entrepreneurs worldwide to boost revenues by over $100 million, through executive coaching, leadership development, sales training and keynote speeches. His12-month curriculum of leadership competencies includes: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills, Productivity in Adversity, Leadership Across Personality Types, Personal Empowerment and more. Clients have included Campbell Soup, Colgate-Palmolive, Pepsi, Valvoline, Clorox, Valvoline, Johnson & Johnson, Sainsbury’s, Carrefour and many more. After igniting a fire-in-the-belly passion for life, Alvin teaches his clients Best Practices business processes that get results.
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Contact: Alvin Day, Executive Director, 561-432-5610
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Book, If Caterpillars Can Fly ~ So Can I: www.alvinday.com/product/if-caterpillars-can-fly-so-can-i
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