Why Suicide Prevention Matters to Me

December 26, 2017 – Suicide prevention is important to me for more reasons than I could explain. I’ve lost a friend to suicide, and have struggled with mental illness, suicidal thoughts, behaviors and hospitalizations myself. I feel so strongly that suicide and mental health need to be spoken about more openly. For a long time, due to stigma, I hid from my disorder, until I finally realized that this was no way to live. I know now that I didn’t need to be ashamed of who I was or what I was feeling. Now I want to help others realize this for themselves.


Eight months ago, I decided to start a
blog that would be my platform to speak out about mental health and suicide prevention, and let people know they aren’t alone. I know what it’s like because I’ve been there myself. Suicide is the 10th leading cause in the United States. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has helped me realize how many people go through the same thing I have, and that help is always available.  

I’m a bipolar 18-year-old and am finally living a stable, happy, wonderful life. This is why suicide prevention is important. Because without it, I wouldn’t be here.

 

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