Many of you know that I've suffered from severe depression over the years. For quite awhile, I've wanted to find a way to advocate for mental illness. I even got my certification to become a Peer Support Specialist in hopes of doing just that. I've also shared on my blog before, on ways to deal with depression.
Today, I heard some news that stirred my heart. It increased my desire to share with others the importance of getting help and that life is worth fighting for. I found out about a young man that took his own life. Though I never personally knew him, my heart aches for his wife and their families as they deal with their loss.
I think when things like this happen, society is always quick to ask if there were any warning signs, was the individual getting help, was there a history of mental illness in the family, etc. There's no way to ever truly know the reason someone decides to take his/her life, but I definitely think society as a whole, needs to be more educated. Equally important, those who are suffering, need to know that there is no shame in getting help and that life is worth fighting for!
This evening, I came across The Semicolon Project and I wanted to share it with you, in case you or someone you love is struggling with depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, etc. The Semicolon Project, is an effort to not only bring about awareness to fight against depression, self-harm and suicide, but it's also an effort to remind those who are struggling that they are the author of their life and they can choose to keep fighting.
"Today, on April 16th, everyone who self-harms, is suicidal, depressed, has anxiety, is unhappy, going through a broken heart, just lost a loved one, etc. draws a semicolon on their wrist. A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life. " ~The Semicolon Project
If you or someone you love is suffering, please know that help is available and that you are worth fighting for! I've listed some resources below or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you locate resources in your area.
The National Institute of Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255
Hopeline: Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Find a Therapist in Your Area
Depression Health Center
Please know that you are never alone and that your life is worth fighting for!