By: Erica Farnsworth, Guest Blogger
Last month, World Suicide Prevention Day and National Suicide Prevention Week were observed and, though they have already passed for this year, the sentiments they hold do not have to 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, and 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. And as a fellow human being on this planet, you matter. We all matter.
I think this is something we all should remind ourselves and each other: we all matter. Our stories and our lives intertwine. As a complete stranger, yet a fellow human being, I can promise that you matter. 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, 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 most 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 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. Take a moment to appreciate yourself, too.
We need awareness. We need love. We need more humans like you.
There are many, many factors that contribute to self-harm. If you or someone you know is struggling and may be at risk for self-harm or harm of any kind, know there is NO shame in reaching out, getting help; and know you are NOT ALONE. Contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help, resources, and assistance.
I am an easy-going girl who loves a good book, good music, and a good laugh. My family, friends, and dogs are my entire life. Donuts and coffee are my weakness.
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