NØSTIGMAS.org | Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Awareness is a 501(c) 3 organization and your donation is tax deductible. Donations are managed by Network for Good.
I know that suicide isn't something that people really want to talk about, but it IS there. Mental illnesses aren't usually visible things. If you see a person with the flu you can see that they're sick: their color is off, they're sneezing and coughing, and it's very noticeable. Well depression and other mental illnesses aren't always like that. Depression does and can hurt though. It hurts much like any other debilitating disease it should be treated as such. If you were to have cancer you would go and get the proper treatment right? It's the same concept. If you don't get it taken care of while you're aware of having it, it will get worse.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people between ages 10-24. Meaning there are people you pass in the street, in your workplace, or in the halls of the school you go to, who are struggling to keep themselves together. Some of them you may know but never knew that they were at that point. Anyone you know could be one of the kids or adults who feel they have no where to turn, who need help but don't know how to ask for it or where to go, and get frustrated in trying to make everything go back to normal- seeing suicide as the only option.
I was one of those people. I honestly never thought I would live to be 22 years old and I am so thankful that my parents got me the immediate help that I needed when I was 16. I may have felt like they abandoned me at the 'loony bin' or felt like they were 'giving up' but the truth was I had given up and I needed help but I was too far down the hole to help myself or ask for help.. I was able to be in a safe environment and be seen by a doctor.
It turns out I had (and have) bipolar disorder, a chemical imbalance, and that they had medication to treat it. After years of wondering what was wrong with me- I finally had a word for it. Mental Health facilities aren't for the weak or the crazy. Everyone I met in there was going through something that they could not possibly do on their own but they were fortunate enough to have the resources and insurance to stay in there an receive treatment and a diagnosis when applicable. Not everyone is that fortunate.
Since then I have had ups and downs, but that's just part of my life. I have been happily married for 2 years now, due to give birth to our first child, Amelia, in June, we keep up on my mental check ups, and I anticipate every new day. Even if I've had a bad day, I know that there is another one coming.
If you can't donate I just ask that if you see someone who seems like they're having a bad day, just wish them a better day and smile if you can't lend a listening ear. You would be amazed at what a simple smile and genuine gesture can do for a person. And if you know the person- talk to them. I don't care if it seems like they're upset about a silly thing, nothing is trivial, especially to one with a mental illness. Sometimes being kind hearted is all someone needs.
Suicide doesn't hurt just one person, it hurts everyone that person has touched in their life.