I am so grateful that we are beginning to normalize talking about mental health. We have a long way to go and it is already better than it was 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 years ago.
My mother was a paranoid schizophrenic and some of my early memories are calling 911 after multiple suicide attempts.
I was 4 or 5 when I tried holding my breath long enough to die.
15 years ago I thought about killing myself daily – it felt easier than what I was currently going thru and the only reason I didn’t do it is I couldn’t think of a way that I could 100% guarantee it would look like an accident so Barry wouldn’t have to wonder why.
I did not watch the interview with Meghan Markle- I have zero skin in the game. But in the days following I have seen is an upswelling of people talking about mental health and how powerful it is for a person to reach out for help.
I honor those who have fought this fight and made it through the other side.
I honor those that have fought this fight and have died by suicide.
I honor those that held back the waves for another.
I honor those that daily work to make the lives of others better so that death doesn’t feel like the better choice.
Too many people are suffering in silence do so in shame – I did. I won’t do that to another.
If you are hurting your pain is worthy. If you feel lost your doubts are valid. If you feel voiceless your silent screams are being heard.
I am eternally grateful for you. The world is a better place because YOU are in it.