I don’t want anyone to miss the message of this post. I am 100% compassionate and tearful when seeing anyone lose their life due to the corona virus or any virus. It’s nice to see those who are recovering back to full health.
I would like people to put this crisis into perspective.
Those who succumb to this virus suffer for days or weeks prior to their death￼￼. It is horrible. I would not wish it upon anyone.
The government is now spending millions of dollars in research to find a cure/treatment and vaccine. We are applauding people surviving and recovering from this illness. People are willingly coming out and saying they are positive and that they are suffering and they’re talking about their symptoms openly. They don’t want anyone else to suffer as they did. ￼ Videos are being created to show the world a timeline of someone’s illness. Social media is consumed.
Why can’t we do the same with depression, anxiety and those who die by suicide?
My wish is that we could spend as much time, as we have been lately immersed in listening and talking about the coronavirus, in talking and speaking about what leads up to suicide because I can tell you it’s way more suffering then just days and weeks. It’s months and years and most often a lifetime.
I am in no way comparing the two as apples to apples.￼￼ I realize the differences. I want people to see how we’re responding to this illness and ask the question: why can’t we respond the same way to other illnesses with regard to the brain?….because we truly don’t. ￼￼🤷🏼♀️
Most people know that my passion lies in the area of mental wellness.
Let’s come out of this current crisis with a new perspective on how important mental wellness is to physical wellness and vice versa.
We talk openly about our physical symptoms daily. Let’s begin talking about mental symptoms and keep the conversation going.