September 2017 is World Suicide Prevention month. Not just America and not just awareness.
This means the entire world has been called to action. Action means more than tweeting “don’t kill yourself b/c there is more to live for #suicide”. It’s great that you wanted to kind of be supportive – even though that kind of language is exactly what keeps suicidal or depressed people quiet in the first place – by tweeting, but this only goes so far. In fact, it might even trigger someone who’s been fighting the voice telling them to do it. Instead of posting some vague statement under 140 characters, why not really do something about it?
An amazing organization has already taken the initiative. TWLOHA [To Write Love On Her Arms] has paired up with Classy.org to fundraise $100,000 for treatment and support for those struggling against suicide. They have 3 options on their webpage (): buy WSPD pack of merchandise, donate directly, or start your own fundraising page.
As someone who’s survived suicidal thoughts/actions and lost friends/colleagues to suicide, there was no hesitation. Just yesterday I created a fundraising page with the hope of surpassing $500 for others out there who need the love we all have to offer. Below is the link. I emplore you all to donate, share this post, and do your part in saving lives, including your own.
If you, yourself are struggling with these thoughts or actions, don’t hesitate to call the suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255), a trusted family member or friend, or even me. I’m just am email or facebook/Instagram message away.