I have been reminded of how prevalent suicide is in our society. Many sad stories in the news lately about individuals dying by suicide. In particular, individuals who have survived traumatic events. Think about that. These individuals suffered already from a traumatic event. Their suffering continued to a point where they didn't see any other alternative. They were alone in their thoughts, alone in their mind. According to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.AFSP.org), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was also estimated that in 2017 that 1,400,000 Americans attempted suicide. Suicide is not determined by mental health or genetics. It is from isolation, loneliness, silence. Let's speak up... talk about it. Let's take away the shame around suicide. Individuals who die by suicide were struggling and were trying and fighting. It is a rough and tough place to be. ALONE
When I was younger, an adolescent, I attempted suicide. And not just once. I felt separated from others, alone, even when around friends and family. I felt like I didn't belong. It was a tough and lonely place to be... in my head, isolated. I am tremendously grateful to the friend and family that I reached out to for help. They responded with love, help and kindness. I am tremendously grateful to the paramedic, nurse and Kumer (my therapist) for being there for me and being kind and generous with their words of love and encouragement. I am so happy I survived that time in my life. I am so happy that I am able to give back. I want more SURVIVORS of suicide.
PLEASE, if you have thoughts of suicide DON'T be brave and take that final step. Be BRAVE and reach out for HELP.
PLEASE, if you notice a friend or family member pulling away, ask the question, "When was the last time you thought of suicide?".
Let's Talk NOW.
Where you can get help
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention