Emma of Chopped Up Jelly Heads writes…
None of us are immune from suicide. Thoughts of taking one’s own life, sadly affects any: age, gender, class, race and monetary standing.
The excellent courses run by Grassroots charity teach techniques to prevent suicide. In short they advocate to speak out and listen; to ask directly, – anyone you may be worried about, whether they are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
But we humans can be consummate actors; and we don’t like to talk about our darkest thoughts – even though we should! We are worried about stigmas and taboos. There shouldn’t be any!
I have known of too many people, who have taken their own lives. There seems to be no common factors. But I feel we are far more fragile than society still thinks, or allows… not everyone for example, can enjoy a traditional festive period: forced on us. We are pulled in by the expectations of the media, certainly on one level, and made to feel inadequate…
But there are too many factors which weigh and tug at our feelings, threating to break our souls. We are often sinking, but mistaken to be swimming. We are simply made of flesh, mostly water, and we can’t be resilient to all the forces that hurt us.
The more we start a conversation, the more we humans can unite, not divide.
When we dare to talk more frankly, we find out that many of us have shared anxieties and problems. We establish that people who seem to be coping on the surface, often are not.
But when we have candid conversations, we start to inject hope into one another, we can share resources and help to balance our delicate thoughts together. Together, we can help to prevent suicide.