World Suicide Prevention Day 2022
Trigger warning – Suicide intentions, mental, physical, and sexual abuse
I am not a Psychiatrist or Therapist. I am a survivor and speaking from my life experiences in hopes of helping someone see that they are not alone. If you have suicidal thoughts, contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 or seek medical attention immediately.
Have you ever been at the very bottom of life and thought there was no way out? Have you ever been so depressed that you hated to breathe? Please know you are not alone! Someone is sitting in the same position that you are in right now. Don’t you want to reach out to help them? Could you just hug them and say, “I understand, I feel it too”? Don’t you wish someone would do that for you?
I understand these feelings because I have had (and occasionally still) have them myself. Please read Uncover My Account In The Journey Of My Life to get a very brief introduction to my story. My very young life started out with mental, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of a close family member. My life has been plagued with dark times.
I have a supportive family of my own now, and they help me stay focused. My husband knows me exceptionally well, and he usually sees that I am wearing a fake smile and nodding at the perfect moments. It is a sure sign that things are not right with me.
I have faith in God and pray a lot when in despair. My knowledge of the Bible reminds me that Jesus died for me so I can live for Him. Many verses are a great comfort to me, and I read them often. One of my favorites is Psalm 18:2
Some people are not into the Lord, and I understand that; please know that everyone is welcome here. You are welcome here if you have a different faith or no faith. Butterflies and Tulips Blog, and I, Danielle, support you and genuinely want to be here for you.
I want to discuss this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 theme. It is “Creating hope through action.” The message I get from this is you can do something to provide hope to someone.
Have you ever been walking around the grocery store and felt the weight of every worry on your mind? As you are walking along thinking that this has to end, someone says something nice to you….”You have a pretty purse,” or “Do you know where the ranch is? Thank you, you are so kind.”
Little words will lift the spirit so fast!!! I always talk to people in the store because an incident like this has saved my life. You don’t know what someone is carrying around. Please be kind!
What can you do to prevent suicide?
- For yourself, seek medical help ASAP
- For yourself, tell someone, ask for help
- Look for events that spread awareness in your community.
- If you see someone down, say something nice to them.
- Talk about it with your family and friends.
- Talk to your kids, and tell them you are there to help them.
- Make time and listen to your friends.
- Share your experiences with someone in danger.
- Light a candle near a window at 8 pm on September 10th to show support
According to International Association for Suicide Prevention, it is estimated that 703,000 people die each year from suicide. Men are twice as likely to die by suicide than women. Someone with depression is twenty times more likely to take their life than someone who does not have a mental illness.
If you are suffering, please know you are NOT alone! It might feel like you are or that your situation is so grave that you can’t deal with it anymore, but everything can change in a blink of an eye. When you are almost ready to give up, your change comes. Do not leave your family and friends to mourn and feel guilty for not helping you. Your life is priceless and precious, and I love you!