Help, Don’t Judge: Mental Illness and Suicide

A couple of celebrity suicides this week. Unfortunately, this is also something that touches our own lives from time to time, and a new CDC report says US suicide rates have increased by 30%.

I lost a friend to suicide. We were studying for an architecture final the night before, and he drove a few miles out of town the next morning and shot himself. We were studying for his last final before graduation. From the outside looking in, he was set: architecture degree, a job lined up and a family eager to have him finally move back home.

And that’s the thing about suicide, we never know what someone is going through or struggling with. We often find out when it’s too late. If we’re lucky, we see the signs, but even then, knowing what to do when you see the signs is another dilemma altogether.

Most suicides are not cowardice or a cop-out, its mental illness, and we as family and friends need to be more involved in helping out loved ones get the help they need before they harm themselves or someone else. Whether its getting them into counseling or calling the cops, giving them a suicide hotline number or just being there for them, there are both, personal and professional options out there. You cant force someone to get help, but you can consistently try.

And if YOU are the person that needs help, be open to it when it is offered, and be proactive when its within reach. I struggle with depression and anxiety, so I do not write this as a judgmental outsider looking in, but as someone right there with you.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255 or Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Sincerely, Kwapi Vengesayi

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Kwapi Vengesayi  is an Amazon four-time bestselling author and all his books are Available on Amazon.