Suicide is a significant mental health issue that impacts all demographics of society. In the next three blog posts, I will be writing about some tips on coping with stress, addressing misinformation about suicide, and providing resources to help anyone experiencing thoughts of suicide.
If you are reading this and someone you know is struggling, please reach out to them and show them they are not alone.
How Are You Feeling?
Too often, when asked how we’re doing, we give an automated response: “I’m good,” “doing fine,” etc.
But the people who care about you the most... really want to know how you're feeling. I remember my mom always asking me how school went that day. I would just roll my eyes and say "Good." Or ask her why she keeps asking that. But looking back on it as an adult, she cared about me and genuinely wanted to check in on me.
Most people want to check-in. I understand the person who just says it on the sidewalk and doesn't really know you, the "I'm good" response. Most of the time that is just being nice or respectful.
But when someone you know and love asks how you are feeling, they want to know. Don't be afraid to tell them.
I encourage you to share how you genuinely feel with someone you love when they ask and I encourage you to encourage your loved ones to do the same.
Spiraling Thoughts That Just Won't Stop?
Whether you’re worried about current events, a personal relationship, or you’re just feeling a little on edge about life in general, there are things you can do to help you reduce feelings of excess stress.
Here are some tips to help you cope during difficult times:
- Try to limit your exposure to news and social media
- Move your body
- Limit your caffeine intake
- Talk to your loved ones
- Get enough sleep.
When the stress starts to feel like too much to handle, just remember that you’re not alone. Lean on your support system when you need them. That is why they are there.
Speaking Of Support System...
It's larger than you think!
When feelings of depression are mounting, it’s easy to feel as though you’re a burden on everyone in your life and that your feelings aren’t relevant or important.
But they are important. You are important. You are more loved than you know, and your life is cherished in more ways than you may realize.
If you or someone you love is showing signs of depression, be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others with the MY3 app. MY3 can help you get through your most difficult times. Read about and download the app here: https://my3app.org/
Please share this post or the app with your network and spread the word. Help is out there. You just need to know where to look.
Be Aware Of Your Dark Thoughts
If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, this video can help explain your experience: https://vimeo.com/362296544.
Also, remember that even in your darkest times, there is support waiting for you. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-8255.
Please call it if you feel you have nowhere to go or you are feeling lonely.