World Suicide Prevention day just passed and I feel like a bad Bipolarmuse for not addressing this topic and bringing it to light yesterday.
I have certainly endured my share of loved ones killing themselves, and as a survivor, it is one of the most traumatic experiences I have dealt with in my entire life. For those of you who have followed by blog… you know I have certainly been through a-lot. A-lot of ugly, sad, and horrific experiences, yet surviving a loved ones suicide is certainly at the top of the list for the most difficult circumstances to live through. The only thing more difficult was enduring the fact that my son was physically abused.
I have loved 3 people who have killed themselves.
*Kevin Ammons- My Uncle who took his own life… a drug addicted, depressed man, with horrible life experiences to add to his sorrows.
*Brandon S.- My ex who took his life nearly 3 months after he and I ended our two year relationship.
*Keith Leavitt- Another Uncle who took his life because of a broken heart.
All three were unique, yet all three suffered greatly and felt the need to end it… to escape their mental pain.
Suicide is preventable. Most people who commit suicide do not want to die but want to end their emotional suffering.
People are afraid of talking about the subject… afraid that mentioning it will somehow give others the “idea” if they had never previously considered it an option… they are afraid of the stigma associated with suicide… they are afraid. We cannot allow fear to control us and need to speak openly about suicide, prevention and education, and mental health… bring it to light instead of allowing it to fester in the dark. Education is golden… a step towards prevention.
Stop the stigma.
** If you are depressed and contemplating suicide, please reach out to someone. Even a hotline if you need to be anonymous. Do everything within your power to fight for your life. You are worth the fight. **