The Shame of Suicide and Rising Mental Health Statistics
Rebecca Jones over at A Daughters Gift Of Love says : “I had to write about suicide, it is such a shame and affects so many.”
“No one ever thinks it could be them or their child or someone they love, don’t deceive yourselves, don’t let the devil deceive you. It most certainly can.” ~ Rebecca Jones
I wrote a post last year about the rising statistics in mental health issues in children. Then this year the pandemic happened and it is not just children who’s mental health crisis numbers are rising.
A big shame? The stigma that goes along with mental health issues. Why should someone who is struggling and trying to get help feel ashamed for needing help? Would someone with Cancer or Diabetes feel ashamed for getting help?
We need to #Breakthestigma and make it known that suicide is not the solution. We need to let them know that it is okay to ask for help. We should not be saying things like “you just have to try harder” or “just snap out of it”.
” I thought death would probably be a relief at times, but one day I came close, I was fighting for every ounce of strength and life, and I was afraid. I’m not sure I would believe anyone who said they are not afraid to die. I was afraid to sleep because I though I might not wake up. I suppose it is how you die that scares you too, that is why I can’t/ won’t contemplate suicide.”~ Rebecca Jones
I was afraid of death and yet I myself contemplated suicide when my mental health was at its worst. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not take it lightly when someone hints that they are feeling like they would be better off dead. Or that others would be better off without them etc..
We know that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem but when someone is in crisis they may be so overcome with distress that they can not see that suicide is not the solution that will help them. They can not see that suicide will actually cause their loved ones great distress and pain.
We need to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel is not necessarily that of another oncoming train. I hope that if you are reading this and have thought about suicide that you can find a way out of the darkness.