There's a certain elephant in the room when it comes to mental health and suicide. Not many people feel comfortable talking about mental health. The fact is that 4 in 10 people have received mental health treatment. So why do we feel so uncomfortable discussing our invisible issues? Is it because we're afraid of showing weakness? Are we afraid of the stigma associated with mental health disorders? Are we afraid people will think we're "faking" it?
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength. It takes a massive amount of courage to admit that we need help. And it's not anything out of the ordinary. Resources are becoming more and more readily available for us to take advantage of.
It's time to break the stigma. If we discussed mental health and the link to suicide even just a little bit more, we could help bring millions of people in the darkness into the light. We could show them that their mental health issues are not a sign of weakness, or equivalent to their downfall. We could show them that it's more than possible to live a happy, fulfilling life, and asking for help can only help them achieve their goals.
Hotlines are available on the home page. Make sure to note that hotlines are not only for urgent matters, and can be used for anyone struggling! Each category under Through Adversity To The Stars also has lists of places to seek help. Do not hesitate to use them!
Stay strong <3