Every September I look forward to Suicide Prevention Week. For one week out of the year, the mental health community comes together to discuss the various aspects of suicide. It is a time that we can all talk about a topic that is often swept under the rug and ignored.
Suicide is something that is very close to my heart and is a major part of my mental health journey. I had struggled with severe depression two years ago which manifested into constant suicidal thoughts. Every day for months my brain would say, “Just kill yourself.” I heard it so often that I thought that maybe I should.
What truly helped me was contacting healthcare professionals which was the best choice I could have made. I got myself a therapist, I saw my doctor and eventually saw a psychiatrist. Their support and genuine desire to help me changed the game.
I went to therapy twice a week and had monthly checkups with my doctor to find the right medicine for me. I’ll talk about both of these topics more in a future post.
If you’re reading this and struggling, I have been at rock bottom and I survived. You can live, you can make it through this. I truly believe in you.
If you need to talk to someone please call the crisis hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. The person on the other end of the line has helped me multiple times. I cannot thank them enough.