Written By NADEAN BARTON
There has always been a stigma on mental health and suicide, we need to know and identify the signs. We need to start talking about it and ensure that we are listening to other people that are showing signs of mental illness. This particular disease counteracts our feelings, moods, the way we think and how we act. Just because we cannot see it does not mean we do not have to talk about it. The stigmatization has to start with us and stop the ignorance of such stigma. Despite the whispers, despite the talks, despite the stares, I have no fear. I am not a monster and this illness will not define me. Some people see me laughing but they don’t see the pain I feel and endure inside. It STOPS today!
We cannot operate on a daily basis with our mental health being interrupted. It affects how we act, how we feel, how we think and relates to others. We should be able to spread suicide and mental health awareness daily. Today is the day we are going to focus on our allies. Unsupportive people can stay on the shore while we sail into a cheesy postcard sunset. The hurtful words have to stop and will not slow our ship down, they will fly off the back. Only kindness is allowed on board. It’s ok to wave goodbye and not look back. Destination: Peace.
People have to understand that just because you cannot physically see the scar or have a band-aid on your head, doesn’t mean you are not hurting inside. Mentally, Emotionally and sometimes physically. The importance of mental health and suicide has to be nationalized and preach daily for people to understand that this is not a joke. There is no hiding anymore. We
have to pay attention to children and if you see signs to talk to them and know that it is ok to have those emotions and get the help that is needed. Last year 57% of people who need treatment for mental health did not receive it. We have to take the first step in identifying the signs. I am grateful that I was able to help someone who was in need of help for suicide ideation, I was happy that I opened up to him and let him know that I was vulnerable and scared. I feel free because I stopped suffering in silence.
On Dec 12, 2019 the FCC approved a new three-digit number, 988 as suicide prevention hotline. The three-digit suicide prevention hotline number will soon make seeking emergency mental health help more like calling 911. This is great information to have and understand that suicide attempt is just as important as being robbed or someone breaking in your house. Call 988 as if you were calling 911 to get help from the police.
If you text “Home” to 741741 when you are feeling depressed, sad or even if you are going through any emotional crisis, someone will text back immediately and will continue to text until you are ok and get the help that you need AND DESERVE. In this day and age where social media is prevalent especially with young adults, they prefer texting than talking on the phone. This is a free service to anyone in the United States. The STIGMA NEEDS TO
You are NOT ALONE
You are ENOUGH
You are Loved
You are SPECIAL
You are WORTH IT
You are NEEDED
You are IMPORTANT
YOU ARE UNIQUE
You are VALUABLE
You are A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer.
SUICIDE and DEPRESSION do not DISCRIMINATE. I have been through therapy where there were Lawyers, Nurses, School Teachers, Mothers, Fathers, Therapist, Bus Drivers that were seeking help. Remember, you are a human being and you have feelings and emotions. Be the brave person that you are and ask for help. Now there are a lot of resources on hand for those that need it or know someone that is in need.
You are not “crazy.” You are not violent. You are not the lame stereotypes.
The importance of mental health, suicide awareness and silencing the stigma associated with both starts with YOU!
We will continue to SHINE into the DARK places and continue to instill HOPE!
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides information on a variety of mental health topics and list current clinical trials that allow persons to access treatment for free. Call (866) 615-6464.