You Matter to Me
Mental illness is real. The stigma surrounding it is also real.
This month is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a topic that hits close to home for many, including myself.
I am a suicide attempt survivor.
These six words take less than a minute to say but have taken years for me to express. Mental illness affects many individuals in the world but opening up about mental health struggles is never an easy thing to do. The stigma associated with mental illness tends to hold us back from sharing our stories. The signs often go unnoticed as a result but they don't have to.
We have the power to be someone who cares. We all have a light within us that can save. I choose to speak out because I want to see a change. We should not have to be embarrassed to share our story because of the stigma. It’s time to speak out. I believe in you!
As we start this month off, please pay attention. We need to challenge ourselves to listen more than we speak, to hear the pain others are feeling. It isn't always obvious but kindness doesn't have to be reserved for the obvious. We have the power to be kind each day. The smallest act- saying hello, smiling at someone, holding the door open for someone — it can save a life. No act is too small. Every act counts.
To those struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I hear you. I care. YOU MATTER TO ME!
This month marks the beginning for change.
It's time to END THE STIGMA!