The Sibling Leadership Network has signed on to a Statement of Solidarity in Observance of Suicide Prevention Month Affirming the Importance to People with Disabilities of Access to Services, Real Choices, and Self-Determination. This month and every month, the SLN pledges to:
- “Recognize that people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities and the aging population, are among society’s most likely to end their lives and to experience pressure to end their lives.
- Affirm the statement in Article 10 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which states that ‘every human being has the inherent right to life’ and pledge to work together to ‘ensure its effective enjoyment by persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.’
- Believe disability is a natural part of the human experience and a form of human diversity, and we reject the notion that disability is a fate worse than death.
- Believe dignity is innate in every life and eschew the notion that dignity can only be achieved or reclaimed by extinguishing life.”
If you or someone you know needs support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255. All people with disabilities are valuable. All people with disabilities are worthy of love, support, and life.