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This is not where I originally planned to start, but this has once again hit close to home and has been weighing heavily on my heart.
Here we go.
One person commits suicide every 40 seconds.
Suicide - to kill oneself, ‘is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Often carried out as a result of despair’.
What causes this despair? What pushes someone to that point?
Sexual, physical, mental abuse?
Feeling like you’ve hit rock bottom?
No way to get out?
One person every 40 seconds. How then is it so taboo to talk about these issues in our society today? We struggle to have sympathy or empathy. We struggle to relate to a situation that seems so bad that suicide seems the best option. We think it’s selfish and we get angry. I know…I’ve been guilty of this. I’ve been one of those ‘left behind’ to try and figure out why they did it. Becoming to busy with work, life, the little things, to recognize:
Up to 75% of those who attempt suicide tell someone about their intention.
Are we listening?
Hear what is said and what is left unsaid.
Let people know that you care, that they are not alone.
No one is beyond help.
Everyone is loved even if they don’t know it.
Let’s take a minute of every day, put the phone down, step away from the computer, stop thinking about work, the list of things you need to get done, shut out the social media, turn off the tv, the radio.
For just one minute a day, give someone your undivided attention and look at them, no, really see them.
Tell them you care, or don’t say anything at all, and just listen.
I challenge myself, I challenge all of you - let’s see what we can do together, what we can change.
Let’s not be left wondering why.
Release the guilt, the anger, the helplessness, the flashbacks, that last argument, the last conversation.
Let’s do this together.
If you or someone you know if struggling with suicidal thoughts then please contact the helpline - there is support so don’t stay silent.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline