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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Ambassador Shulanda

Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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Cancer has ceased to become a silent killer because everybody is talking about it, advocating on behalf of those who fought the battle, and those alive who continue to fight.

Fight for what?

Their lives.  The lives of those they love.

Because when someone you love and care about is ill you want to help them.  When you are ill you want to get better.

But what happens if no one is aware that you are sick or suffering?

What if silence is a barrier to you or someone you love getting help?

Today, is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

Have you lost someone to suicide?   I have. And as I discuss in my book, the aftermath is very difficult to live with.  It doesn’t matter if the tragedy occurred yesterday or decades ago, the lava burn of their death flows the same.

It leaves you with so many unanswered questions. It causes you to feel an array of emotions. But the one pertinent question that family members are eventually forced to ask is, Was there anything that could have prevented this?

And although the answer is a hard pill to swallow, it is yes.

Suicide is the most preventable cause of death.

How so?

Breaking the silence.  Just as known diseases that cause physical illnesses are advocated very strongly for, those disorders that cause mental illnesses must be talked about in the same manner.

Too many mothers are affected.  Too many fathers are affected.  Too many teens are affected

Too many people are affected.

If you are a family member of someone who was a victim of suicide, talk about their life, but also do not be ashamed to talk about their death.  Someone needs to know their story that has not become our story.

If you do not know any one whose life has been lost to suicide, then one way you can help keep it that way is to talk about it. Breaking the silence is a great way to prevent suicide from taking another life.

Searching for a conversation started? Order my book, Keeping My Faith, While Saving My Mind.

If you are searching for events today or ideas to commemorate the life of your loved one, click here.

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