Today is 10 September 2012, a day that has been designated World Suicide Awareness Day. I know that this is a very frightening subject for so many people, even those without mental illness, to talk about. But do you know what I think is even more frightening than discussing suicide? Not discussing suicide.
So many people suffer from so many things that make them feel they are alone, and that there is only one solution to their problems, one that can never be undone. And the more we talk about it – openly, sensitively, frankly, and with no shame (or shaming) – the less alone they will feel. I love so very much this representation that I found:
One hand holding on to another. One human telling another human that they aren’t alone. One person sharing their strength and understanding with another person.
Our Alice said in an email earlier this evening, “It takes something from all of us when they take away themselves.”
I never wanted to post about statistics on suicide. They may be sobering, but people are not statistics. They are mothers and fathers and husbands and wives and sisters and brothers and best friends and children and grandparents and cousins and that guy at work who is always quiet but so very kind to you. They are often the people you would least suspect of being that desperate and desolate.
And at least one of them is reading this. And that scares me, because I don’t know who it is, but I know they need understanding and love and the knowledge that no, they aren’t alone, and yes, it does get better. I give you my word of honor that it does. You just need to reach out your hand for help, so that you have time to discover this. Please don’t try to go through it alone. You aren’t alone, no matter how much you may feel it.
If you are in crisis or thinking of suicide, please contact one of the resources listed:
- In the United States, call the Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline at 1.800.273.8255 (1.800.273.TALK), or Suicide.org 1.800.784.2433 (1.800.SUICIDE)
- In the United Kingdom and Ireland, contact the Samaritans at 08457 90 90 90 (UK and Northern Ireland) or 1850 60 90 90 (Republic of Ireland)
- If you are in Canada, Suicide.org provides a page full of Canada Suicide Hotlines, depending on where your are located
- In Australia, contact Lifeline Australia, 13 11 14
- For those in New Zealand, there is LifeLine, reachable at 0800 543 354
- In The Netherlands, 113Online will provide help at 0900 – 113 0 113
- In Brazil, you can find a full page of Suicide Hotlines by clicking the link
We have readers from so many countries, if I have made any mistakes, or you can add to the list of resources, please let me know in the comments, or privately at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I may make additions or corrections as needed. All emails will be held in the strictest confidence, though please note, I am not in any way qualified as a counselor.
Your light is beautiful. Don’t let it go out.
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