Research has shown that 46% of people who die by suicide had a known mental health condition. Learn more about the risk factors for suicide and more about how you can help at nami.org/suicideprevention. #SuicidePrevention
#repost@blessthemessy: In case you need this reminder. Especially for women. Working in a booth for 16 hours and having non stop interactions reminded me how terribly and sadly we have been wired to just be sorry. For anything. For everything. For simply existing in a space. I found myself apologizing when I gave people their total at times if I thought it was too high and I wasn’t worth that much. I had girls apologize for taking two extra seconds to put their money safely away before they took their bags. Girls apologizing because they wanted to buy something and needed assistance. People apologizing when asking the cost of something. It’s ingrained in us so early on that taking up time, resources, seats, money, jobs, conversations, is not only wrong but completely inconvenient. It implies we are worth less and therefore have a reason to apologize. We dont. And I am trying to remind myself daily so I will remind you too: YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN THE LIES IN YOUR HEAD. You are worth more than a society that has taught you to stay small and palatable. You can take up space. You can go for the job or ask the question, or celebrate success, or outgrow what people think you should be. You deserve to walk with your head up toward the light. I love you I love you. xo
Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is making the decision to keep going and get help. Keep going. We believe in you. #SuicidePreventionMonth #repost@crazyheadcomics let’s talk about suicidal thoughts. i would dare to argue that most people have had thoughts of suicide or suicidal ideation at some point in their lives. but not many people are comfortable discussing them, out of fear of being labeled as “crazy”, “attention seeking”, “dramatic”, etc. scared they’ll be taken to a hospital against their will, scared of societal judgement, scared they won’t get the help they need, scared of the thought itself. having suicidal thoughts is scary. if you have ever had suicidal thoughts and chosen life, you have a lot of courage. choosing to keep going when all light feels lost can seem scarier than death itself. trusting in hope when life seems hopeless is a strong things to do. as someone who had a lot of suicidal ideation in her teens, it was a near constant craving to just stop existing, so i could escape the inner turmoil of mental illness. i don’t think i ever actually wanted to die, what i needed was just for the world to pause and for me to heal in quiet solace. i just wanted to numb all the panic attacks, stop all the bipolar episodes, evaporate all the symptoms of illness and memories of traumatic events. this is not a feeling i was alone in, even though it felt like it at the time. i have come a long way since then, as i grew older i matured a lot and have made positive changes in my life, which has resulted in me feeling very lucky to be alive in this moment, on this earth - despite my mental illness. i am always looking for happiness, but i’m not looking for it in desperation, i’m looking for it with excitement. there are some fleeting moments of despair where my brain thinks “i wish i was dead right now.” but i have accepted it as a thought that is false. nothing more, just an intrusive thought that is normal to experience in times of great stress. if you experience suicidal thoughts i urge you to speak about it with a professional or a loved one.
September is #SuicidePreventionMonth, and today marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. It can be frightening when someone you love talks about suicidal thoughts – and even more frightening if you find yourself thinking about dying or giving up on life. Read more about suicide warning signs, risk factors, and what to do in a crisis: nami.org/suicidepreventionmonth
September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. All month long, we’ll be working alongside our allies in the mental health movement to raise awareness for suicide prevention. If you or anyone you love is struggling, here’s how to find help 👆
Ready to make kindness a habit? Join @btwfoundation’s #BeKind21 challenge and do something kind for your mind, body, or community every day from September 1st to 21st! https://secure.bornthisway.foundation/page/12260/petition/