Today is Suicide Prevention Day. Do you know that suicide deaths account for more than half of all violent deaths in the world? I have written previously about suicide and trauma survivors as well as how anti-gay bullying can increase suicide risk for LGBT youth. We talk about suicide to decrease the stigma and silence that prevent those in need from seeking help. We talk about suicide so we all can become better informed and thus able to see warning signs in time to reach out to those we know who are struggling. We talk about suicide to remember those we have lost and support each other in the aftermath.
What do you think when you hear “You Cannot Be Replaced”? If you are depressed or if you are struggling with shame and self-blame following traumatic events you may have a hard time believing this. Your negative self-talk (or punitive dissociated parts) may tell you that you do not matter, that friends and family would be better off with out you. I want you to know that these negative beliefs are simply not true. They are lies born of pain and internalized from the abuse of others. You do matter, and nothing about suicide can make the world a better place. Help is available.
How can you get involved?
- Seek help immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thought or feelings: Go to your nearest emergency room, contact a mental health professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
- Light a candle near a window tonight at 8pm to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.
- Join the Official World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page.
- Participate in TWLOHA’s “You Cannot Be Replaced” campaign.
- Support the Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.