Updated: Sep 16, 2022
There is no easy way to put it. Suicide is a hard topic to talk about.
September the 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day, a part of World Suicide Prevention Month. Many people don't want to talk about this subject, many will avoid any conversations around suicide. Many family members or friends won't engage with suicidal family members. There are cultural differences as well in how cultures response to suicide.
The topic of Suicide
The topic of suicide and the topic of mental health are not topics that should only be brought up for discussion when a tragedy occurs.
Please reach out to someone today who lives alone or to someone who you feel may need a bit of support. You may never know how much that simple gesture will mean to them.
Have you checked on someone today?
Does having a day/ month of prevention help you to be better able to have these tough conversations?
“Creating hope through action”
An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours. (World Health Organisation).
This theme is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us.? (WHO)
The Power of listening and sharing
We need to talk, be open to listening and sharing. Everyone is going through something we know nothing about. This is a subject very close to my heart and in my opinion it needs more attention than just one day or one month. I don't know how many of us have experienced suicide, or had thoughts of suicide, but I do know that trying to end the stigma around discussions is something we can do together and with our own family and friends. Keep the dialogue going. Don't be ashamed. Some of the happiest people we know are struggling. Everyone has a story. Ask how someone is doing and change someone's life. You are never alone. Thank you @watchmerise for this beautifully written post below and design: "Please join us in taking a moment today to think about all those who have been lost to suicide, and those who have lost someone to suicide.
Let's support and send love to everyone who has ever been affected by suicide in one way or another. Your story isn't over yet."