And depending upon your current situation, the last thing you want to read about is suicide as you prepare for a long weekend.
If you are on cloud nine or even 10 and everything seems to be going well with you, then you think you have no interest in reading about preventing someone from losing their life.
However, if you have currently found yourself in the middle of a storm, crisis situations seem to be rising all around you and you are starting to wonder if life is even worth living, then you can definitely understand the reason for this post.
But in case those of you who are currently experiencing a ‘perfect’ life are still reading this, then I encourage you to continue. This post affects you too!
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This is the time when advocates, organizations, survivors of suicide, families who have lost loved ones to suicide, community members and supporters all get together to help promote awareness.
Because as the above list has indicated, there are millions of people affected by suicide. You see, one does not just wake up one day and decide they no longer want to live. At some point in their lives, everything was either going great or they were at least enjoying life.
But one day, something happened that interrupted their lives and they found themselves in a predicament that they could not sort through. Pretty soon depression had taken over their daily activities and they ended up just merely existing.
When a mood disorder such as depression takes root and is left untreated, it can lead to suicide.
But suicide is preventable.
When a person is filled with suicidal thoughts, they have reached a place of hopelessness. This is why advocacy is vitally important.
I invite you to join me along millions of advocates across the world this month and help advocate for suicide prevention. You may not know much about it. You may not be able to relate to this cause. But trust me, many people can. And you never know when you will cross paths with someone who is at risk for suicide.
It could be a coworker, classmate, church member, family member or even you.
Do not wait until it is too late. Prevention starts in the now moment. Take the first step and join my Facebook event that will be advocating, educating and empowering all month long.
Stopping suicide starts with breaking the silence. The silence stops with you!
Will you join me?