If you happen to be new to this here blog…welcome! And now I’m going to get unfunny for the rest of the post. Why? Because what I want to talk about is serious business. Did you know this week is Suicide Prevention Week? Well, now you know. Therefore…
Anyway, as most of you know I’ve had OCD for quite a while. But was only recently diagnosed with high anxiety that tend to come along with a good old fashioned panic attack. Always a “good” time let me tell you. I even take a generic of Lexapro (escitalopram and no the irony of the name of the generic is not lost on me) to attempt to keep me from getting said anxiety/panic attacks. Does it always work? No. But I’d say it does it’s thing 90% of the time.
So what does this have to do with Suicide Prevention Week? Well, it’s my way of showing you that ANYONE can have some type of mental health issue.
But not everyone seeks out help. Sadly instead of getting help some folks chose to end it all because they don’t know there are people they can talk to or services available to them.
But if they do know, even then they may not seek treatment because of the MONSTER stigma attached to mental health issues. Heck it even took me a month or two to get up the nerve to tell my family doc that something didn’t feel right and I needed help. No I wasn’t feeling suicidal, not at all. Just that even my doctor would not want to help me. But thankfully she did and prescribed the anti-anxiety meds AND connected me with a great psychologist. Who I might add thinks I might just have my anxiety under control. Wooo! BUT I still know I have a long way to go and I’m ready to dig in thanks to my many friends and family who love and support me.
So please, please don’t dismiss people when they may ask you for help or look like they may need help. Reach out to them, and offer them any help you might be able to give. You might just save someone’s life.
Here are a few handy resources to have, just in case you or someone you know needs them:
Lifeline – this is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
This link takes you to another area on Lifeline’s site that lists ways to get help via social media sites like Facebook and others.
Many thanks to The Bloggess for sharing all of this and more information on her own blog. You should go check it out!
Thanks for reading and sharing.