September is National Suicide Prevention Month. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. And though these special dates are dedicated to spreading awareness and prevention, the sentiments they hold should never end. I’d like to take a moment to reiterate a few ideas, because every day should be Suicide Prevention Day.
One might be surprised to learn of the battles that another person is facing every single day. One might be surprised at who is struggling with depression, who is resisting the urge to harm themselves, who is on the verge of removing their existence forever.
Your struggle, your story, your situation are real. Your feelings are yours. No one can invalidate you, unless you let them. No one can take away your truth. As a complete stranger yet fellow human being, I can promise that you matter. We all matter. Individually and collectively. Our stories and lives intertwine.
If life is giving you a handful of hell, please know that you aren’t alone, even when you seem to be. Perhaps we all face different demons or meaner monsters, but at the end of the day, if you stripped away our differences, we are the same and we are in this life together.
Concerning the topics of this post, I’ve been there. I think many of us have, at least to some degree. Be it dealing with depression or contemplating suicide, more people than are willing to admit understand it. More people have gone through or are going through it, too, than let on.
One of the greatest wonders that we possess is our ability to feel emotions, inwardly and outwardly. It’s okay to feel things. However, sometimes emotions can be overwhelming and too much for one to handle. If you find yourself struggling with hopelessness or an upsetting situation, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. That is why we need to be there for each other, in those times where it’s too much to handle, where our emotions are too great for rationale. We need empathy. We need benevolence. We need trust. We need humanity.
We need to be human and for it to be okay. We need to be human and to help one another. We need to be kind, to reach out and be a friend. It just might save someone’s life.
Every day should be Suicide Prevention Day, or more simply, Be Human Day.
Be human today. Do your part. Honor another for doing theirs. Remind your loved ones (and complete strangers) that they matter. Thank them for everything they do. And don’t forget, take a moment to appreciate yourself, too.
We need awareness. We need love. We need to be more human.
♥ If anyone out there is struggling and needs someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to contact me. ♥