TODAY IS WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY. I can’t think of a more important thing to celebrate preserving than the value of every person and their life.
Mental illness (depression, anxiety, etc.) is a leading cause of suicide. This problem is so pervasive and yet so rarely discussed with knowledge and compassion.
Mental illness wears many faces and does not discriminate. The causes and treatments are as varied as the people it effects.
But, for many people, the common denominator for healing remains the same. Community. Support and community play a key role in suicide prevention, both for the person struggling with a mental illness, and for friends and family members also affected by it.
This is a topic still raw in my heart. A close family member is a suicide survivor. Other close family members struggle with anxiety and depression, as I do at times. My parents took my little cousin into their home for months at a time between babyhood and four years old, because her mama was deep in a battle with mental illness.
It’s not a joke. It’s not an imaginary illness insta-cured by inspirational memes. It is a powerful struggle that affects so many at a core level.
So, what can you do? Foster community. If you see someone withdrawing or on the outskirts, invite them in. If you haven’t heard from a friend in awhile, check up on them. Sit with them in the dark.
If you have this struggle, reach out and get help. Be honest with yourself and others about where you’re at. Learn how to listen to the truth and reject the lies. And know there’s hope and you’re special, irreplaceable, and worth the fight.
God bless you. Celebrate life.
P.S. These books are written by women who know this struggle firsthand and address it with power and compassion in their books. My current WIP will likely touch on this topic as well. I highly recommend their work. - 5 days ago