As stated in the title, this month is suicide awareness month. So many individuals lose their life due to suicide. For those who are impacted by these deaths, it can be a hard thing to grasp. The never ending questions and the what-ifs can leave loved ones wonder if there is anything they could’ve done to prevent it. And for those struggling with suicidal thoughts, they may feel alone. But you are not alone. Help is available.
For some, the stigma on mental illness prevents one for seeking help. This is why it is important to view your mental health as you would your physical health. When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, they don’t think badly of themselves or avoid seeing the doctor because they will be given insulin shots. Same with mental health, a diagnosis is not a death sentence. As with any illness, there is treatment and ways to manage it.
And the first step to managing your mental health is to reach out. It can be a loved one or a close friend. Inform them how you have been feeling. And if you feel it’s necessary, seek professional help. A therapist or trained professional is there to help you on your way to recovery. It can be a positive life-changing experience.
I will be posting more on this subject throughout the month. If there’s anything you would like me to cover, please comment below.
One thought on “September is Suicide Awareness Month”
Very insightful! Would love to personally learn about words or phrases to avoid when trying to comfort a friend who may be dealing with suicidal thoughts. We may mean well, but what we say and the way we say it may do more harm. A guide of what to avoid and what to say instead would be a tremendous help. Looking forward to the continuous content. Keep up the good work!