I could talk about this subject for hours, but that doesn’t mean anyone will listen.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, if you were not aware. This is a subject that touches my heart because we have lost so many people due to the sheer ignorance of mental illness and overall mental health. Four years ago, I lost a family member that was close to me due to suicide. It is something that should not be taken lightly. Many people would make the argument that suicide is selfish and that it affects the people around you, greatly. I would agree that it affects the people around you, but it is not selfish by a long shot. Inside the head of a person who is suicidal, suicide actually seems like the most self-less thing you could do. It sounds crazy, but a person that is suicidal is not thinking rationally. When you have convinced yourself that you are a problem and a burden that everyone else has to bear, suicide may seem like its the answer. It’s not.
Often times, some people will only listen when your mental and emotional pain has manifested into physical scars. At that point it may be too late. If you know anyone that shows signs of depression or other mental issues, speak to them, start a conversation, ask how they’re doing. Sometimes all you need is someone to get you out of that headspace and make you see the beauty of life. This is something I am learning myself. It gets better…it make take a while to see, but it does get better. Trust me.
Help save a life, please.
Learn more about suicide here
National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255