World Suicide Prevention Day was September 10th and Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week continues
I follow several organizations, groups and people who are all about promoting awareness about suicide, depression and anxiety. This topic is close to my heart because anxiety and depression have been part of my journey with chronic invisible illnesses. It took me a long to admit that this was part of what was going on with me. I found great doctors that I can talk to. They have made me cognizant that the pain plays a great roll in the depression. The anxiety is mostly because you can’t SEE what I’m fighting in my body everyday and I have been judged by the, “you don’t look sick”. I’m sharing these sites or people that are advocates, touched by suicide, suicide survivors, suffer with anxiety or depression.
Project Semicolon : The simple message is that the semicolon in writing means the story isn’t over yet. My Story Isn’t Over Yet #mystoryisntoveryet The Project Semicolon website explains their beginnings;
This began in the spring of 2013, when Project Semicolon Founder, Amy Bleuel wanted to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning. Project Semicolon
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit that began in 2006.
“To Write Love on Her Arms began in Orlando, FL, in 2006 when our founder, Jamie Tworkowski, wrote a story about a friend and the five days preceding her entry into treatment. The story, which was entitled “To Write Love on Her Arms,” went viral.” TWLOHA
Jared Padalecki is a celebrity who openly promotes and raises awareness to depression and suicide prevention with his Always Keep Fighting or #AKF, Love Yourself First, I Am Enough and the sale of the products the proceeds go to several charities that raise awareness to Suicide Prevention, Depression, Anxiety and other mental health issues. The Supernatural wiki has more information on them all. #AKF #IamEnough #LoveYourselfFirst
“Loving yourself is vital in the fight against mental health problems, so I want to encourage y’all to focus on loving yourselves first… each and every one of you is worthy.” Jared Padalecki
If you need to talk about anything or have someone with you, reach out. Family, friends, coworkers may not know you’re in distress but if you reach out they will be there for you. The best thing my work did was suggest my Psychologist and seeing and talking to her is helping. My marriage is stronger, my kidlets get it, mostly.
Let’s may Loving Yourself and #SelfCare not be taboo, I’m not crazy, I’m keeping my fight going, my story isn’t over and I’ll be adding a semicolon to the tattoo I want to get on my wrist.
Reach out, because your story isn’t over yet either!
Journey with me … mini2z