World Suicide Prevention Day
When I first started writing and posting pictures on the internet I wanted to make a real difference. As I started getting used to the way the internet works I found it harder and harder to post about things that were critically important to me, simply because there was a big stigma about those topics. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Currently suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, meaning we lose over 44,965 people each year. Even more frightening is the fact that suicide is the second highest cause of death in the age group of 15-29. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention set the theme of “The Power of Connection” trying to bring real conversations about mental health to the surface and destroy the stigma of these topics. Because if we were all honest, we have all struggled. Whether it is depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compusive disorder, eating disorders, seasonal affective disorder, being suicidal, and many other. We all have been affected by one of these, or are close to someone who has struggled with these. I will be the first to admit that I have struggled with many of the things in that list. But I want to take this moment to say there is hope. There is always hope. People do truly care about you and want to help you conquer this. If you are in a dark place, there are many resources to help you. The first step is always terrifying, but there are so many people, family members, doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, and so many others, who want to see you overcome this. If you need help please reach out.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Crisis Text Line: text TALK to 741-741
Statistics from the CDC
Picture of Blue Catfish to get your attention