September is Suicide Prevention Month and I wanted to remind you that small actions can make a huge difference in someone who is experiencing difficult times.
It doesn’t help that some of us have been stuck inside on quarantine for what seems like to be the whole 2020. Our love ones are experiencing life alone. We can’t hug on and kiss our elderly. The Death of Kobe Bryant. Being stuck in the United States and not being able to travel. School back in session. Working from home. The Death of Chadwich Boseman. It is literally one thing after another.
Having dealt with bouts of depression and suicidal ideations after the death of my daughter, a tour to Iraq, and Afghanistan… I know what it feels like to think you are all alone or that no one else could possibly understand the struggles and stressors that are in your life. For me the suicidal ideations weren’t because I wanted to die, it was simply to stop the pain.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, Suicide and Mental Health Awareness a stigma in the African American Community we just don’t talk about it. We’ve all had that relative that was “crazy” because they were “off their medicine.” Or you hear, “his daddy/mama” was crazy and he’s/she’s crazy too.
I have found that sharing my story about my mental health challenges has helped in my recovery as well as offer encouragement and support to others who have experienced similar experiences. It promotes understanding and empathy to those without a mental illness. I simply, want to end the “silence” of what not being said but understood.
I am a living testimony that you can get get through whatever it is that you feel like is weighing you down so heavily. You are not alone. You are important to someone. There are resources available and people you can talk to should you need it.
If you are a veteran like myself, remember can always reach out to the veteran crisis line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or 911 immediately.
If you are a civilian and you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or 911 immediately.
Disclaimer: This is not an advertisement and I am not a spokesperson for The VA or National Suicide Prevention Hotline. I am simply sharing the resources.
Just a reminder in case your mind is playing tricks on you today.
Your presence on this earth makes a difference whether you see it or not.
Peace, Love, and Glamour