“When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.” – Unknown
Why We Must Teach That Suicide is not the Answer
September is here, and with it comes Suicide Prevention Month. I am one of many mental health bloggers and advocates who is writing about this important subject over the course of September. Today is also an important date as it is Suicide Prevention Day. Every blogger is working on talking about the importance of prevention. What that brings to the table is information that needs to be told about during this critical month– preventing suicide for those at that point at this moment.
In my own writings here on The Bipolar Writer blog, I have explored the topic of suicide from different angles. Today I want to talk about why those of us who have survived suicide attempts, suicidal ideations, and suicidal thoughts, must teach those that are suffering that suicide is not the answer.
I truly believe that suicide is 100% preventable. I know it can seem as if the darkness is an impossible odd to overcome, as I have been there so many times. In my life, I have had suicidal thoughts so much as a teenager and young adult that it is impossible to put a real number on how many times. What I see in today’s world is that kids committing suicide are getting younger. It can’t be this way. We all have a responsibility to teach those young people that suicide is preventable.
It took me three suicide attempts and countless hours of thinking about suicide that it kept me from genuinely starting my journey to recovery. I wish I had someone to tell me that suicide is not the answer because I truly believe it would have helped me. I eventually got there, but it took almost losing my life to make a real change.
The best way to prevent suicide it too tells people who are suicidal that you need to seek real help, and believe that the support will eventually help you on the road to recovery. It is never easy. It can feel impossible, but the truth is seeking help from professionals is the best thing you can do to fight the darkness.
Suicide is the lowest and darkest depths that your mind can take you. It is your mind telling you that you have been strong for far too long. It is time to let go of those burdens.
If getting help is not the right thing at this moment talking to someone is the next best thing. You can call the national suicide hotline @ 1-800-273-8255. If you ever need help in your darkest moment, you can always talk to me. One of the main goals in creating this blog is to help those who are suffering from suicidal thoughts and keep them from going to that next horrible level.
One last thing that I feel is important to say it, Always Love Yourself First. The biggest thing in my own suicide attempts is that I failed to love who I am as a person within this mental illness life. I was ashamed that so much darkness engulfed my life. When I started to love my self first, it keeps suicide at bay.
I think together we can end suicides altogether. When we put the right information out there into the world, it means that someone who needs help might read this and do the right thing– seek help.
Let us fight suicide and stigma surrounding mental illness so that those who come after us will have a fighting chance.
Always Keep Fighting (AKF)