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September; Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month

Good morning all! Today I wanted to discuss a more serious topic than what you would usually find on my blog. Just a Trigger  Warning if you are sensitive to talk about self harm, mental illness or suicide this post is not for you. 

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s continue. September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, a time to talk about and spread accurate information pertaining to mental illness/depression/self-harm. I was so glad to find out there is a month attributed to this cause because I think it is one of the most stigmatized topics in the US. I feel very strongly that needs to change, people need to be comfortable talking about these things so those who need help can get it.

Statistics:

  • 1 in 3 mentally ill Americans do not have/recieve the proper care they need.
  • One person in America commits suicide every twelve minutes. That is approximately 117 people falling victim to suicide every day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of every 10 suicides in 2014.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • For every one suicide death in the US there are approximately 12 attempts.

    Those numbers are so scary. We as a nation need to recognize that there is no shame in needing help. “The only stupid question is one you don’t ask”. Mental health is just as, if not more, important than physical health. If you feel unwell mentally, even just mentally exaustead, drained or worn out, please visit your General Practitioner, just to have a chat! The two outcomes of that scenario are; you sit down, get some stuff of your chest and have a good chat, or your doctor tells you (s)he thinks it might be a bit deeper and you work together to find the next step so you can get feeling better! There’s nothing to be afraid of, you want to get help as early as you can, before you get stuck in a pit and have to dig yourself out.

    Speaking of getting a mental check-up with your doctor, did you know most GPs offer a free mental health examination during the month of Setember?! That’s a great opportunity that I think everyone should take advantage of! Just go in and check it out, see what it’s all about! You can learn something about yourself and just re-check-in with yourself mentally. It is so important to preform self-care like this. Just like making sure you bathe, feeding your body with healthy foods, and treating yourself to be good to your soul, you gotta make sure you’re in a good place mentally as well! Go show that wonderful brain of yours some love. ❤

    If you are feeling depressed or like you might be a harm to yourself, do not hesitate and please call the hotline for your region: 

    National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-8255

    PAPYRUS (UK): 0800 068 4141

    Lifeline (Australia): 13 11 14

    Suicide Ecoute (France): 01 45 39 40 00

    113Online (Netherlands): 0900 0113

    Telefonseelsorge (Germany): 0800 111 0 111

    AASRA (India): 91-22-27546669

    If your country isn’t listed above click HERE and there is a complete list, just find your country, click, and dial the number.

    I hope this was the friendly reminder you needed to love yourself, and that somewhere in the world someone loves you, I promise.❤

    xx,

    Shannon

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