September is Suicide Prevention Month.
If you’ve never had thoughts of suicide, and never had anyone close to you die from suicide, and never had anyone close to you consider suicide, you might think this month is superfluous, silly, propaganda. An excuse. We’re just blowing something out of proportion when all a “suicidal” person needs is to wake up, look around.
Pray harder. Work harder.
In general just get over themselves.
Having seen it from the inside, there is definitely a stigma associated with Mental Health that really ticks me off.
Suicide Prevention Month hones in on one of the hardest of the issues – from the person who thinks suicide is the best for everyone involved, to those who either have to face life missing them and wondering what happened, or wake up at night in a cold sweat worrying if they’ve done enough and if they should go over to the house just to see if their friend is still all right.
Mental Health is non-discriminatory. It doesn’t matter if you have that silver spoon or reuse a spork, whether you live on an estate, or in a trailer park. It doesn’t matter what color you are, where your parents were born, or how you identify yourself, at all.
Mental Health simply is.
And you can get help. You have to want it. And it probably won’t be easy which is why you have to want it enough to get over the difficult parts known as Healing. That’s what you’re doing. Admitting that there’s a problem is often the hardest part. Like being lost in a swamp and telling yourself you somehow deserve it. Stuck. Floundering. Hurting. Sinking.
You don’t. You are worth it. And when you get help getting out, and you’re warm, and in the light, and can look back, you know it’s true. Which is why you have to have faith, trust your friends, family, and the doctors caring for you.
Recovery isn’t linear; there’s going to be set-backs. But each time a set-back is overcome, you find yourself stronger than before. It is not that much different than physical therapy. As strange as the remedy may seem to you at the time, you have to want to get well and trust in the people that have been there before.
And it works. Or I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it.
I consider May “my” month. For several reasons, but not the least of which is the fact that it is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mental Health Awareness Month been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings.
Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Each year in mid-March Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials to guide preparation for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.