And it's preventable. One of the biggest issues for people who are suicidal is that for some reason they have gotten to the point of feeling like the world would be better off without them. Partly this will have been internalized from something that has happened in their lives that went wrong. Partly, my observations are, because this world is becoming more materialistic and less connected at an in-person, feeling level and more critical and perfectionistic at work and at superficial levels like entertainment and appearance.
What people need to stop saying is:
What EVERYONE needs to say and know for themselves is:
You matter. We need you. It's OK to not be OK. You are not alone. There is hope.
The Waterloo Region has launched a new website today to help people in the Waterloo Region find resources and help people to learn how to help themselves. I encourage you to go to the website and see what it has to say. Watch for signs of mental health in others and reach out to them with a smile or words of support. Life is hard. More kindness and engagement towards health and wholeness for everyone is what everyone needs. www.waystomentalwellbeing.com/
These are the things we all need to take care of our minds, body and spirit. Connect. Be active. Be mindful. Keep learning. And give back.
You can contact Robin Bender at megahealth.ca/about
In honour of Sinead O'Connor who has publicly come out as struggling with mental health issues here is her song 'Nothing Compares To You' youtu.be/0-EF60neguk
We need to take care of ourselves and each other.....every day. It's all that really matters.