September 2016: Focus on Suicide Prevention
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Depression, PTSD and more – the importance of kindness & understanding
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
World Suicide Prevention Day – Saturday, September 10, 2016 – every year, since 2003. I deliberately choose to wait a day to post my own article of support for two reasons:
- So that I could “reblog” and link to the efforts of others, offering some of the memes and articles they have created to give you both a quick hit and an overview of the extent of the problem.
- So that I could honor September 11th – another anniversary of loss and sorrow, as many Americans mourn the missing.
The extent of the mental health problem
Nearly 44 million American adults alone, along with millions more children and adults worldwide, struggle with “mental health” conditions each year, ranging from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ASD, OCD, PTSD, TBI to ADD/EFD and more.
One in five of those of us living in first-world countries will be diagnosed with a mental illness during our lifetimes. It is estimated that more than double that number will continue to suffer undiagnosed.
Many of those individuals will teeter on the brink of the idea that the pain of remaining alive has finally become too difficult to continue to endure.
One kind comment can be life-saving, just as a single shaming, cruel, unthinking remark can be enough to push somebody over the suicide edge.
It is PAST time we ended mental health stigma
Far too many people suffering from even “common” mental health diagnoses have been shamed into silence because of their supposed mental “shortcomings” — and every single person who passes on mental health stigma, makes fun of mental health problems, or fails to call out similar behavior as bad, wrong and awful when they witness it has locked them into prisons of despair.
We can do better – and we need to.
According to the World Health Organization, suicide kills over 800,000 people each year — ONE PERSON EVERY 40 SECONDS. STILL there are many too many people who believe that mental health issues are not real – or that those who suffer are simply “not trying hard enough.”
This is STIGMA, and this needs to change.
I’m calling out mental health stigma for what it is:
SMALL MINDED IGNORANCE!
(unless, of course, you want to label it outright BULLY behavior)
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- Talking about suicide saves lives
- Are You Better Now? (a stupid question to one who grieves)
- For Ulla, because you believed in me (letters never meant to be delivered)
- World Suicide Prevention Day (everyone’s friend)
- World Suicide Prevention Day: WSPD (we’re all mad here)
- Suicide Prevention Day (pretty sane)
- World Suicide Prevention Day 2016: Connect, Communicate, Care
- Depression, Why Do I Have it?
- The value of therapy (normal is out there)
- It’s Not Over
- Are Suicide ‘Awareness Days’ a Waste of Time?
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- “Raise Me Up”: Frisco Teen Writes Song About Struggles with Depression
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- Labeling and Stigma | healthknowledge.org.uk
- The Stigma of Silence Ends…Now
- Why We Need to Stop the Mental Health Stigma
- Solving Stigma – A Family Fight
- David’s Story (Stigma, schizophrenia & suicide)
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