September 10th, 2015. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day!
Light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.
The IASP is preparing “World Suicide Prevention Day Light a Candle Near a Window at 8 PM” e-cards or postcards in various languages so supporters can send these reminders to friends, colleagues and loved ones.
I’m a survivor!
I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts for most of my life. And I’ve also attempted suicide more than once. Thankfully, I haven’t succeeded.
But many others are not…
Unfortunately, an alarming amount of people have succeeded in committing suicide. And the numbers don’t seem to be going down.
I feel for them – the suffering that brought them to such a painful state and decision to end their life – and the years they missed out of that could have been better.
I also give my heart out to their families, friends and anyone else close to them.
I know how it feels. And I will be lighting one tonight, for a lost loved one — my uncle, who unfortunately was successful in committing suicide.
Mental health improvements
We need better mental health awareness, care, and support in general.
Including easier to obtain knowledge for the people who are suffering from it, as well as their families.
We need to know how to help ourselves! And help people who are not mentally ill understand what it’s like for people who are suffering.
Maybe we should be taught about this in school, so that we learn some of the symptoms to look out for in ourselves, so we don’t initially feel so “alone”. Many people don’t know how to get help, they just think “something is wrong with me” for years – and often go undiagnosed – suffering needlessly for years or even their whole life, which can also unfortunately end in suicide.
Even if people are educated, they often aren’t able to receive treatment due to financial issues, or other reasons such as discrimination.
We need to stigma around mental illness.
Many people who are suffering from this are unable to receive proper support or even talk about their issues; sometimes they are even bullied. I’ve read too many stories about how people are treated poorly and discriminated against for having a mental illness – and this is clearly reflected in the media, ranging from various movies, to the news, and even billboards.
Whether you know someone who may be at risk for suicide, or you are feeling suicidal yourself — please talk to someone.
It’s better to bring up this topic – even if it makes you uncomfortable, than to lose someone – or yourself.
- Make sure the people around you are OK!
- Make sure YOU are OK!