September is Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. For these 30 days, we focus on education and awareness around suicide, suicidal idealization and things that can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. I don’t talk about it often, but during My teen and early adult years, I was extremely suicidal.
I Once Wanted To Take My Own Life
Coming from a household and background of severe abuse and trauma, I often fantasized about escaping through death. As a young adult, feeling as if I had nowhere to turn, no one to rely on, often sent Me back to that dark place. The last time I remember seriously considering taking My life was early 2013. SO much was changing in My life at once; on top of that, I had altered My medication schedule without talking to My dr. I was a mess.
I tell people all the time that cocoa saved My life and I honestly believe that. I have not attempted to hurt Myself since he came into My life. Cocoa gave Me purpose; I felt like I had none. My son was with My parents because of My illness and did not need Me daily. I was legally disabled and not working, too sick to webcam even. I found Myself deep in depression, unable to force Myself out of bed to eat, bathe or clean up around the house.
Having Cocoa gave Me a reason to get out of bed daily, someone was depending on Me to feed them, nurture them and play with them. Taking care of him helped Me to start taking care of Me.
Many Who Attempt To Commit Suicide Don't Want To Actually Die
I never wanted to die, like most who contemplate suicide, I just wanted My constant pain to end. When you are deep in your pain, trauma or depression, it’s easy to feel as if it will never end. Some successfully convince themselves that death is the only way to ease their pain and leave this earth, and those who loved them behind to mourn.
Have you ever considered taking your own life?
What led you down that dark train of thought?
What convinced you to spare your life?
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
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World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2020 this year; worldwide, mental health advocates, suicide survivors and allies and families of those who have been lost to suicide, will hold events and gather for awareness and advocacy.
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