Another month of 2017 is coming to a close. It’s hard to believe this year is nearly halfway over (seeing as it feels like it’s gone on for four years already), but here we are. For nearly 70 years, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in order to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for care. At the beginning of May, I knew I would post something in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, but I wasn’t sure where to start or what to say. Read More
Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day (part of National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States). It is an annual campaign that brings awareness to suicide prevention and support to people who have attempted suicide.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds, and in 2014, the highest suicide rate happened among people 85 years or older. Suicide does not discriminate based on age. It does not discriminate based on race or religion, nor gender or sexuality. Depression, the number one cause of suicide, can happen to anyone—as can addiction, self-harm, and other mental illnesses. But there is hope. There is treatment. There is recovery. Read More
This week, the second week of September, is National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States. It corresponds with World Suicide Prevention Day, which is today, September 10. This week, and this day in particular, are annual campaigns that bring awareness to suicide prevention and support to people who have attempted suicide. They also reduce the stigmas surrounding mental illness and suicide.
When I was a little girl, I thought telling lies was cool. In my mind, it was a very “adult” thing to do, and it was often far more exciting than the truth. There is a very fine, thin line between lies and “make believe.” As a child, my wild imagination allowed me to think I could easily straddle that line without crossing it. My parents taught me it was wrong of course, and I learned. But even after I knew, sometimes I couldn’t help myself from telling a little white lie here and there. I thought it was easier to lie. It was surely less scary than telling the truth.