Suicide Prevention

My Healing Village

09-09-2022 • 27 minutos

Trigger Warning: Please note that this episode contains depictions of suicide that some people may find disturbing.

The 10th of September each year is considered World Suicide Prevention Day. Since suicide has alarmingly become a public health concern, more and more organizations, government agencies, and individuals are focusing their attention on raising awareness about the issue and creating safe spaces for people who may be on the verge of losing hope and just wanting to end it all.

For victims of abuse and violence in a relationship, suffering from mental health concerns may sometimes be inescapable. Because of our experiences, we develop negative thinking patterns that ultimately affect how we perceive ourselves and how we live our daily lives. Eventually, if not addressed properly, the cognitive dissonance that we have been enduring can lead to more serious concerns such as losing the will to survive.

If you have ever been in that situation, I hear you. I am here for you. Keep the faith and know that there is hope and light in this world amidst darkness and fear. Never forget that you, yourself, may also be the light and hope that someone needs. In this episode, I hope you feel at least a glimpse of comfort and assurance that you are not alone – you are understood, you are valued, and you are loved.

Healing Points of This Episode:

  • Awareness about mental health issues and concerns such as suicide are very important topics of discussion and should not be considered taboo.
  • We should all make efforts in creating safe spaces for people to reach out, open up, and ask for help in times of losing the will to live.
  • You have the ability to provide comfort and assistance to people who may be suffering mental health concerns. You just have to be open and listen with unconditional positive regard and empathy.

Words of Healing

  • “When someone comes to you and expresses concern about themselves, calling them selfish is not going to be something that helps them feel heard and seen.” – Regina Marie
  • “For those who are actively considering suicide, having an open conversation about their intentions and access to means give advocates the ability to create a safety plan and provide the necessary referrals.” – Regina Marie

Resources Mentioned:

  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
  • National Hopeline Network
  • HopeLine Volunteer
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • The Girl from Plainville
  • All the Bright Places
  • A Million Little Things
  • Note To Self by Stephen Stanley
  • Nickelback - Lullaby
  • The Fray - How to Save a Life
  • Rascal Flatts - Why
  • R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
  • Blaine Larsen - How Do You Get That Lonely
  • Brandi Carlile - That Year
  • Brad Paisley - Whiskey Lullaby ft. Alison Krauss
  • Three Days Grace - Never Too Late

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