Erasing the Stigma

Kathryn Collins

Suicide and mental health have been left in the dark for decades, people refusing to speak up about such a difficult topic, however such an issue can no longer be ignored. September has been recognized as National Suicide Prevention/Awareness Month, a period of time which allows those affected to speak up and receive the assistance they need. 

Suicidal thoughts are a devastating tragedy which can affect people of any race, age, gender, sexuality and background, these thoughts are often the result of feeling unable to cope with overwhelming life situations or trauma. Despite it’s common appearance within society there is a stigma surrounding it, people can feel ashamed of admitting they need help, this especially when concerning men. They are trained from a young age to not cry when they’re upset and to bottle up their emotions which can lead to mental health issues including depression and suicidal thoughts. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is socializing their message of #BeThe1To, to help promote and spread awareness about the steps people can take to help prevent suicide. “The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.”

Symptoms to be aware of withdrawal of social situations, mood swings, feelings of hopelessness or participating in self-destructive behaviors. During this time it’s important for the world to remember that you are not alone, there are people who care, and resources available to help those suffering overcome this hardship. If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or actions reach out to the National Suicide Hotline available 24/7 at 800-273-8255.