The last week in September is Suicide Presentation Week. It is a bit silly to limit such a serious topic to a single week. I’m sure that most people thought of this week as simply the week before midterms start (good luck to you, if that’s the case). School is important, but your mental health and the mental health of your friends and loved ones are equally essential.
In this economic turmoil and this intense emotional time in our young-adult lives, depression and anxieties are high and they often go unnoticed. People talk about being sad or severely stressed, but how often do we really listen to them. Our society is self-based, so while we are striving to make our mark in the world, we often forgo the mark of others. Yes, we love our friends and our family members, but how many of us look outside their day-to-day routine and see the pain within their smiles? How many of us listen to the cruel jokes of cutting and sadness and laugh at the so-called “humor” in them? How many people are really reaching out for love and companionship at their time of need?
Our world is one giant, celestial body. If somebody is hurt is not just their problem; it is our problem, as well. It’s our body. Reflect upon the ways of helping people cope and try to help raise awareness for these things like suicide, depression, self injury. Life is fragile and once it’s gone, so many are devastated. As someone who struggles with a personality disorder and social anxiety on a daily basis, I know firsthand the pain and torment. People should understand that these things take time to understand and try to cope with and lend a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. Ignorance isn’t bliss -it’s ugly and cruel.
And to those struggling, words cannot release you all the tinges of pain you’re feeling. But you must remember that you are alive. Your heart beats loudly inside your chest. Beautiful blood flows throughout your veins. You can feel the sensation of sunlight and cotton on your skin. Life may be miserable and unbearable but it also strong and beautiful. You are not miserable and unbearable. You are possibility and promise, hope and healing, daydreams, favorite books and cookie recipes, walks through the park and late night movies. You are the people that you love and the people who love you. You are hope and change of the things worth fighting for. It’s time to remodel our ways of thinking because we are stepping into the new world and a whole new dimension of living and loving.
Regardless, it is a bittersweet week of tenderness and hope. It is important to be there for those who have suffered and who are continuing to suffer. The most important thing that must be done is to help prevent such tragedies from occurring again in the future. In the moment of death, truth and beauty never comes out to you, but with the helping words and comfort of another empathetic human being, you can help bring them to terms and help nurture and heal the wounded souls of another.