I’m going to share a photo with you, from the image it’s quite clear what is happening, regardless of the text that accompanies it.
It’s an image I have seen before, it’s been shared amongst social media multiple times, probably going viral.
I saw it a few weeks ago, but this time I didn’t just look at it and scroll down, I really looked at it.
What rattled me, when you look closely, when you study it and see how compelling an image really is.
The man who is being held by many to prevent him jumping, to prevent him from trying to harm or kill himself.
This man has a look of me.
It wasn’t me though, thankfully.
I reshared the same article I wrote a few months ago for Mental Health Awareness Week, where I spoke for the first time about Suicide.
I was unsure about doing anything but decided too, because it matters, it always matters!
I’ve wanted to write something for at least a couple of weeks about that image too, but I’ve felt restricted and frustrated to do so.
And one thing I definitely wasn’t going to do is write something today.
But here lies the problem doesn’t it.
No one really talks about the things that scares people.
For those that live it, and for those who don’t understand it.
I’m as guilty as anyone, I often say I should write more in this blog, to mark not only my journey, but also to record my progress, to show hope to others, but it’s just as easy to close the book on that chapter of your life and move on.
If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist anymore right?
Very, very wrong!
Awareness days are a good thing, as long as momentum is greeted with them.
Change isn’t going to happen just because the internet explodes on one day about a certain topic.
Change will only happen if we talk about these things daily, the topics that come with stigmas and that level of not knowing.
Society needs to acknowledge these topics with a better level of understanding, knowledge and acceptance.
Suicide is very real, just ask any family who has had their world shattered.
Mental Health is very real too, and it affects far more people than you probably know about within your circle of friends.
The image above should scare you, because it certainly scares me.
We as a society of people need to do more, we need to look out and after one another, we need to value people and not take them for granted, we need to start conversations and reach out, and without question we need make time and listen more.
No one has all the answers, I know I certainly don’t.
I say too often in every article I write, and honestly this is the first time I’ve written anything in months, that I should write more.
It’s equally important to write about your recovery as it is for your darker moments, it helps you to look back on your progress.
It helps people who read it understand.
And it may just help someone to relate and know that there is always hope.
I’m lucky, because I’m still here, and granted my life is still not where I’d like it to be, but it’s close to being exactly where I’d like it to be.
But through all the troubles, all the setbacks, the disappointments, the rejections, I’m still here, and I’ll keep fighting to keep improving my life.
Mental Health illnesses and Suicide are very real, it happens way too frequently, brought on by a magnitude of different issues.
But we need to keep the conversation going, not just today, but every day!