In light of the recent suicides in the news, I thought I would bring up something that may be a hard pill to swallow for many. It seems that whenever there is a suicide in the media, I see an increase of social media posts with the message of “I am here for you if you ever need someone to talk to” or suicide helpline numbers. I am not by any means saying that this is a bad thing. I only hope that some of these posts reach people in crisis and help someone get the help they need.
A few years ago, a friend of mine lost the battle to his own brain and there are many times that I, myself have also almost lost this battle. The most heartbreaking thing about the reality of so many people who are hurting is that they are unable to get the help they are searching for until it is too late, or almost too late.
A few weeks ago, I attended the Sashbear Walk in Toronto and one of the things the Sashbear Foundation strives for is to get people the help they need before it is too late, as that situation affected them personally. While I was walking, I had the pleasure of chatting with a guy who lived in Toronto and we talked about the differences in difficulty getting help where we live. One thing that we agreed on was that there is not enough effort made to prevent people from getting to the point where they need emergency help. I, personally was only able to get an adequate amount of help after checking myself into a behavioral crisis center even though some of my issues had effected me for 10+ years and even then I am not exactly sure I can even describe the help I was given as “adequate”. Just slightly more intensive than before.
We deserve better than that. As humans, we deserve so much more. We shouldn’t have to be in a crisis state in order to feel like we have accessible resources.
With that being said, I am going to say the cliche thing: If you ever want to talk, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I own a mental health blog for a reason. Be kind to yourself, loves.