Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide.

Too many die in silence. We need to continue to change our society. Progress is being made but not enough. A stigma still exists about Mental Health and Suicide. In my country you die of a heart attack but you commit suicide. Commit is associated with crime. That’s just wrong.

It’s time for change. It’s time to make it ok to talk. The more we talk the more acceptable it becomes.

I suffer from depression. It comes in waves. When I was young I hated being me. That’s still with me today. Two big things have stopped me becoming a suicide statistic. HOPE and LOVE. Both give you the strength to keep walking through the dark times. Just a fraction of either is all it takes for many.

So today and everyday let’s try to give that love and that hope to others.

63 thoughts on “World Mental Health Day

      1. To be honest, as soon as I commented that, I realised I needed to clarify. I attempted to commit suicide a decade ago, and I’m not afraid to call it that, because you could say that committing suicide is committing murder of self. But amen to hope and love, healing and forgiveness for people like me! 🙂

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      2. Committing suicide means to give up. But to rise from such horrifying feelings and events is by far the most honourable thing we can give ourselves. Congratulations buddy, that you overcame your demons and still might be overcoming those but you already won! As I also have a tinge of an idea of how that feels, really.

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    1. I know nothing about your situation, but from experience as a caregiver and a social worker, I wouldbet heknows, but will never admit to you he knows. You each think you are fooling the other, but that just interferes with real communication.
      Don’t take my word for it, talk to a professional who knows you, or can get to know you. Most likely you are both suffering alone. It is better to suffer together. Sharing eases the pain.

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      1. I can only imagine. Watching him slowly lose his faculties sounds like torture, esp since there is no way to help him. Take care of yourself, though, you cannot help anyone if you do not.

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  1. Great Idea – great post! 🙂

    I think the biggest problem with our own Mental Health is that we are pretty much the only one who can build it up in the positive, while there are 7 billion others who can, and frequently do, do things that influence us to pull it into the negative.

    It’s difficult beating those kind of odds.

    Love and Hope are powerful weapons, but no-one can fight a bigger enemy every second of every day.

    What each one of us can do however is to learn to pay more attention to all the external positive influences in life – the beauty of Nature, the good and kindness in others, the many charitable works and organisations, and to pay less attention to all the negatives humanity keeps throwing up. In this way we can balance the odds a little and give ourselves some Hope of recovering our sanity and peace of mind.

    And reading my Daily Funnies i hope can be of more positive value! 😉

    Make every day World Mental Health day!

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  2. Oh my goodness! This is such a good post. Mental health is something that a lot of us suffer from. (Including me) But I found something that has helped me cope with it a lot. May I share it with you?

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      1. Well one thing that has helped me (many different things have helped me) is knowing that someone always cares about me, even when I don’t care about myself. The reassurance is at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. It says: “God… comforts us in all our trails.” How does this make you feel?

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      2. I am glad! I am trying to help as many people as possible to know that God cares about them and wants the best for us. Would you like to learn more about what God does for us?

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