The Bravest Thing I Ever Did Was Continuing My Life When I Wanted To Die

If you do not know how it feels to feel this way, then you have no place to judge anyone who does.

People do not take their lives for selfish reasons, people take their lives because they are in severe emotional pain and aren’t able to see any other way out. When hope is lost it is difficult to see anything good in life at all. Often it is not planned and comes without warning.

Not all suicides will be sudden, so here are some signs to watch out for:

 

Physical:

  • Drastic change in appetite
  • Drastic change in sleep patterns
  • Drastic change in weight
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Drastic change in physical appearance
  • Lack of interest in appearance
  • Poor health

 

Psychological:

  • Persistent depressed mood
  • Unstable emotions
  • Easily agitated and frustrated
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Difficulties in concentration and decision-making
  • Anxiety
  • Unrealistic expectation of self

 

Behavioural:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Drastic change in attitude/personality
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Self-harm behaviours
  • Noticeable increase in compulsive behaviours
  • Unexplained crying
  • Substance abuse
  • Direct or indirect suicide threats

 

Never be afraid to ask someone if you suspect they may be having suicidal thoughts.

 

 

 

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My Mental Health

Listen without making judgments 

You don’t know what someone with mental health issues is going through or how they perceive their own traumas and struggles. Remain empathetic and refrain from judging their actions or coping methods.

Gently advise your friend or colleague to start seeking help for their mental health issues with a trained professional. This may help to ensure their safety and guide them in the right direction.

It’s important to seek out help when you are struggling. It’s equally important to try and support those in your life who you notice are struggling.

Seeking help is important and should never be stigmatized.

By reaching out, you’ll help break the stigma associated with conditions like anxiety and depression. At the same time, you’ll make sure that you find the right level of care and social support that you need.

 

 

 

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You Do You Boo

So…why is it so hard to “do you” while you are helping someone else “do them”?

As for me, it was a bumpy road to get to this realization. It was not until I got hit with a curve ball last year that knocked some sense into me. I had to take a couple of months away from social life to recover. Now I understand that curve balls come when we least expect it, but we must prepare ourselves to hit it when it comes. Preparing is not just educational, it’s also personal development, social emotional education, learning what makes people thrive and react. That’s the key!!

So today I can boldly lift my head up and say to the world…”You do you boo, and I will do me”!

 

 

 

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