It’s a holiday weekend. So I’m fairly certain many of you don’t really want to think about mental illness or suicide.
Who ever wants to think about it, right?
Well today starts National Suicide Prevention Week. And for me, THIS is a very important day, holiday or no. Because like so many of you who I’ve met on Facebook or Twitter or via my blog, I am a “survivor” of suicide. And I want to fight the stigmas of mental illness and save lives.
You have no idea how many of you have come to me with stories of loss. Moms, dads, husbands, wives, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, children all lost to mental illness (and sometimes physical) and suicide.
This affects all of us even if you don’t think it does.
Over 30,000 people in the US alone die by suicide each year. That’s about one person lost every 15 minutes.
It is estimated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that “90 percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric illness, most often unrecognized or untreated.”
So I’m trying to do all I can to raise awareness, reduce stigmas and fight for prevention. To that end, I have a couple things I’d like to share because today I’m on the move.
Today I have a post published on Band Back Together to kick off Suicide Prevention Week. Please check it out here: http://www.bandbacktogether.com/suicide-prevention-week
Also today, I have a post featured on BlogHer. You may remember I recently published “Is Suicide Selfish?” on this blog. This was a hard post for me to put out there, but it is such an important message and I am so honored that BlogHer has decided to feature it in this important week of Suicide Prevention.
Also, please don’t forget all of the other Suicide Prevention Week activities I have going on.
Much love to you,