Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

This is an issue of great importance as suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth aged 15-24 and tenth leading cause of death overall in the US.

As someone who understands what it is like to lose all hope and see exiting as the only way out, I also know that with the right resources hope can be found again.

It is important to create a society where these experiences and feelings can be openly discussed. No one should ever have to suffer alone and in desperation make a choice that can never be undone.

My hope also is that resources become more readily available and easier to access. I know from experience that finding help can be a challenge, especially when you are very ill. At that point you are uncapable of researching and fighting for the help you so despirately need. It is quite an intense battle with insurance to recieve neccessary treatment and even with insurance it can be very costly. Also, availability for beds in hospitals and treatment centers is often scarce.

More focus needs to be put on mental health issues so that lives don't continue to be lost. Thorough mental health screenings need to be a part of annual checkups for children as well as adults since often issues are undiagnosed for years, even decades.

I have gotten to know a lot of people who almost didn't make it, who came so close to dying from suicide, but thankfully got help in time. These are some of the most amazing humans I know. Their compassion, strenght and hope inspires everyone around them and many are now dedicating their lives to helping others. To think of what a great resource we loose everytime another beautiful soul is lost to suicide breaks my heart!

Lets raise awareness and work together on bettering things so that our mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and coworkers stop loosing their lives to suicide.

Every life matters and hope can most certainly be found again!