World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

Tomorrow needs you. 

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.  This year the non-profit movement, To Write Love On Her Arms’ campaign is Tomorrow Needs You. TWLOHA has been an incredible movement. The recourses they offer to individuals have, as well as continue to offer hope and encouragement to many, myself included. Check out their website by clicking HERE for more information on how you can help or get help. 

 Last year, they asked us to stay.

They asked us to fight the battles, to keep pushing forward.

To aim to forgive yourself, to work harder than ever.

To enjoy the sunrises, to stay for the sunsets.

Stay so we can laugh together. Read the books we have always wanted.

To see the days get brighter.

Stay so we can see you tomorrow.

This year we are reminded that Tomorrow Needs You and me.

Tomorrow needs you to listen to the new song that is about to be released.

Tomorrow needs you to try out that new coffee shop you have always wanted to go to.

Tomorrow needs you.

According to the World Health Organization, suicide is globally the second largest cause of death among adolescents 15-19. You do not have to fall and be another statistic. Help is out there and ready for you. Suicide has taken our country for a whirlwind this year. With deaths from Avicii, Kate Spade and now Mac Miller, we are reminded that our friends are fighting battles that we may never know about. There is hope. 

Tomorrow needs you to give your little sister a hug.

Tomorrow needs you to tell your dad that you passed your math test.

Tomorrow needs you to see the sunrise and set.

Tomorrow needs you to feel the wind blow through your hair while you’re driving with the windows down and your music blaring.

Tomorrow needs you to dance in the rain with your little brother.

Tomorrow needs you to be a sister, an auntie, a daughter. 

Tomorrow needs to see your smile, to hear your laugh.

Tomorrow is coming and we need you. 

 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that the taking of one’s life is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States alone. Along with that statistic, they report that middle-aged men are of the largest to account for that number. It could be your dad, a coworker, an uncle, brother, a neighbor. Check up on the ones you love and care about. People love and care about you.

Tomorrow needs you to learn everything you have ever wanted to learn. 

Tomorrow needs you to pet all the dogs/cats you possibly can. 

Tomorrow needs you to sing that song, read that book, kiss that person. 

Tomorrow needs you to become that racecar driver, the first female president, an astronaut.

Tomorrow needs you to follow your dreams

Tomorrow needs you.

Every day, someone somewhere is fighting a battle that no one knows about. Be kind, be loving, be forgiving and patient. It could be your brother, father, neighbor, aunt, best friend, nephew. We never know who is fighting voices in their mind. Call your friends. Tell them that you love them and you care about them. Listen when someone is sharing their thoughts and heart with you, you may never know how much that could mean to someone. 

It truly is so important to know how to tell if someone you know is struggling. There are so many warning signs that we all need to be aware of. Your friends could be showing signs right in front of you and they could be overlooked. Everyone is different in how they portray what they are feeling, but there are still many red light actions that we should be aware of. 

  • Often jokes about dying. (This is a huge trend all over social. Joking about wanting to die could be a serious issue)
  • Loss of interest in one’s favorite things 
  • New or excessive use of drugs and alcohol
  • Not taking care of their self
  • Talks about hopelessness
  • Being overly tired
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and passions

There are so many more signs that we can and should be looking for. These are our loved ones. Please please please do not let them suffer alone. Help is real and is out there. If you or a loved one is suffering, please know that you are not alone. You are loved and you have such an exciting future ahead of you. You would not be on this earth if there was not some crazy amazing reason for your existence. 

You are worthy.

You are loved. 

You are cared for deeply.

Keep fighting.

Tomorrow needs you.

 

Need someone to talk to? Reach out – https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-8255

Hope is real. Help is real. Your story is important.

INSPIRED

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