Written by GingersEgho
*All opinions are mine alone*
Okay people. We need to have a very serious talk. Mental health right now in America is dangerously grim. Suicide rates are steadily climbing. This is not okay. We have got to remove the stigma from mental health and talk about it. No one should struggle alone.
It should not take the death of a celebrity for this discussion to take place and sadly, that is what happens. We lose one to suicide and everyone wants to talk about it...for a day or so. Then the conversation stops and people go back to their "normality". We need to keep talking about this.
Those that do struggle do so mostly in silence due to fear of being ridiculed. They choose not to talk about it because they don't want to hear one more time "It will be okay". Maybe to them, it won't. You don't know what is going on in their head. You don't know their daily struggle to put on a brave face and do what they have to do.
Never assume that someone talking about suicide is just for attention. There is some underlying reason for those thoughts and they should not be taken lightly. Please, if anyone you know starts discussing suicide, speak to them with support and love. Do not speak to them in a condescending tone. Do not tell them that it is all in their head. Do not tell them "just feel better". It doesn't work that way.
I hope that anyone reading this, if you feel like the only way is suicide, please talk to someone first. Ending it for yourself may take away your pain, but the trail of destruction after the fact is ongoing many years after you are gone, trust me. I know. The ripple effect is far-reaching.
My father died by suicide when I was 8 years old and it took many many years for me to understand that it was not my fault and that he needed help that he did not get. The stigma over depression and mental health has come a long way since the '80s. (He passed in 1988). Yet, we still have a long way to go.
If this is you, please hear me: Please do not suffer in silence. I know you feel as if you have no one, but I promise you, your friends and family members love you.
No one, let me say that again, NO ONE should suffer alone.
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK) or 1-800-784-2433 (800-SUICIDE), please call.
Until next time...