Unbeknownst to me until earlier this morning - today is World Suicide Prevention Day 2015. I talk a lot about mental health and mental illness on Little Fickle and, although Thursday isn't a usual posting day for me, I feel as though it really is important to use days such as these to start a conversation about things we may feel dubious about bringing up otherwise.
Mental illness has a stigma, and therefore so does suicide; but it's not as uncommon as you might think. Worldwide, a person dies from suicide around every 40 seconds - there were times in my life that I worried one of those people might have been me, my girlfriend, one of my best friends. Mental illness and suicide will likely touch all of our lives at one point or another - and it's time we stepped forward and starting talking more about it.
So what can we do? We can start spreading like wildfire the symptoms that some suicidal people might display - take a look for yourself here - we can send texts out to friends we haven't seen in a while to check they're okay, we can start accepting that it's okay to ask for help because (and I've been there, I know how hard it is) as easy as it is to feel worthless, you are worth the help.
We all deserve to grow up, to live fulfilled lives - even when we can't see it. It's difficult, it's hard to see your hand in front of your face sometimes, but there's help out there. As empty as the words seem, it gets better. Not immediately, and you will have dips - but the woods eventually clear to something a little less dark and unforgiving. If you are struggling, reach out, if you think you know someone that might be struggling, reach out. If you haven't been in a suicidal frame of mind, it can be impossible to envision what it might be like - but you can support people none the less. It's World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 - start a conversation; you never know who you might help that thought they were alone.