As today is Suicide Awareness Day, and it's one I fear doesn't always get enough attention and it seems taboo (to some) to talk about suicide, depression and mental health. Everyone has their own story, so choose your words wisely as you never know what someone else is going through and how your words and actions can affect them. Today: wear something yellow or write ‘love’ on your wrist in memory of those that have left this world too soon because of suicide, but also for those who are struggling with suicide thoughts.
I read over Jason Mollica's post on depression and suicide and his journey and felt like I could talk about it too. It's hard to get out of a state of depression when you're so low, and that's something I know very well. After I lost my dad at a young age, I went through depression for years and attempted to take my own life. I'm fortunate that I was unsuccessful.
Fortunately I had friends and other family members who saw the signs and I got help immediately and started to slowly improve. My doctors were amazing and I was thankful for the support I received from others. It's hard to talk about, but it's important to talk about and I always fear people will treat me differently or look at me differently because of it.
From time to time, I still sink back down as depression is something that returns, but I'm always honest about it and continue to seek help. Even the most cheerful person every day could be suffering in ways you do not know.
Educate yourself, your kids and your friends about suicide prevention. Become aware of the alarming statistics. Learn the warning signs and learn how you can get help if you are a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Suicide Facts from:
- Nearly 40,000 Americans die from suicide each year.
- Many of those individuals that commit suicide have not reached out for professional care.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
- According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA.
- One person dies from suicide every 13.3 minutes.
- 80% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.
If you need help, seek out help from local healthcare providers, talk to anyone at all who can help you and always know you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
Thanks for reading.