But today, many Americans are staying in bed late, intentionally lounging around house and preparing for cookouts and gatherings with family and friends.
It’s Labor Day!
No work. No worries. Right?
Well, maybe for some. Everyone is not as fortunate to be off work today. Then there are some who do have the luxury of enjoying a paid holiday off; however, relaxing and socializing are the last things on their minds.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents 15 to 19 years old.
September is Suicide Awareness Month and today kicks off National Suicide Prevention Week.
Those who are affected by a mental disorder like anxiety and depression tend to have more episodes during holidays, opening the door to suicidal thoughts.
Suicide affects every population.
Even if you have never experienced a mood disorder to the point of being suicidal, you are probably in contact with some one now who is and not aware of it. There could be someone struggling to socialize at the party or gathering you’re attending today that just need someone to notice that they are dealing with emotional pain.
Why not let that person be you?
You don’t have to be a psychiatrist to help a hurting person. Sometimes all it takes is to know that someone is concerned and truly cares.
Now, I don’t mean to place a damper on your day. You deserve to enjoy it and relax. I sure intend to do so.
However, I also intend to do my part to be an advocate. Unfortunately, in my arena, I come in contact with too many who are severely depressed and contemplating suicide. And in order to stop suicide, silence also has to be stopped.
So what can you do this week to join this relevant cause?
- Strike a Conversation– No, suicide is not the topic to get a party going. But do seize the opportunity among family and friends to mention facts and myths about suicide. You never know who needs a seed planted to help someone else.
- Educate Yourself– Hopefully this post will encourage you to do a little online research about suicide. This will give you the courage to start talking to others about it and will definitely be enlightening.
Just a couple of things to consider as you enjoy your day off. And please do enjoy your day off. It is vitally important to your mental health!
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