National Suicide Prevention Week

This week is National Suicide prevention week 2012. Today is World Suicide Prevention day. This is not an easy topic. Most of the time this blog focuses on happier subject. But it is an important one. There is a need for people to speak up about the silent truth of mental illness and depression. About one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year.

It’s important to realize that mental health issues can affect any person, at any time. You probably already know someone who has been affected by it at one time or another. If you think about your 10 favorite people in the world, and two of them could be at risk of suicide. I have written before on this blog about how this issue has touched people close to me.

If you are struggling with something right now, it’s important for you to know that there is hope. There is help. There is a reason to keep going.

For those of you who are not struggling, it is also important to reach out to the people in your life. Don’t wait. Reach out to those in your life who you know, and who are going through difficult times.  Reach out to the people who are on your mind. There might just be a reason. Check in with those you haven’t talked to in a while.

Learn to  recognize the warning signs and to know how to get help for yourself or others.  If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide call 800-273-TALK.

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If you are struggling today, and happen to read this, I want you to take something to heart. As one of my favorite bloggers Jenny Lawson reminds us, “Depression lies.” Read about some of her greatest moments fighting through, and her beautiful vision of a world full of silver ribbons supporting those with mental illness for some inspiration.

As I have mentioned before on this blog, some members of my own family have struggled through similar fights. The fantastic, amazing, wonderful movement that touched our lives, To Write Love On Her Arms, is still helping others. Touching people, connecting people, one life at a time. Read their founder’s message for this week, here.

For those not suffering, but who care about someone who is, you can buy the new a new t-shirt out of this week, only, and proceeds will go to direct treatment services:

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I leave you with these words: Hope is real. Depression lies. Reach out to someone else today!

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