This is me. More specifically, this is me when I was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act (think of it like a lesser form of sectioning). Truth be told, I look pretty normal. You’d never guess I was suffering, that I was acutely depressed.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and talking will always be the great de-stigmatizer. Today, suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35. More than heart disease, cancer and accident put together. Silence, shame andstigma are the biggest killers of men in the UK today. But it’s okay to talk, there is strength in vulnerability. If you’re suffering right now, get treatment. If the treatment isn’t working, change the treatment.
As someone who has made multiple suicide attempts, I didn’t believe it would ever get better. Surprisingly, it does get better. Change is possible.
Talking is, and always will be, the great destigmatizer. By talking we can save lives. Suicidal thoughts are to depression what a fever is to pneumonia. They’re not a matter for shame, guilt or ridicule. They’re a symptom of an illness, nothing more, nothing less. So, start a conversation – it may save a life. Start a conversation, even with those who seem to be fine. Don’t just talk about suicide today, talk about it all year round. You may save a life. ❤