While we are counting positive COVID-19 cases and deaths daily I think we need to start sharing the number of people with thoughts of suicide, attempts and completions.
Oh but wait! We can’t share those numbers because we don’t talk about suicide!! Argh!! 😡 😢
I started this journey into mental health and right out of the gate I knew most people are not talking about it with their providers or their therapists.
How do I know this? I ask questions and I create dialogue and people tell me they’re not truthful and I knew that before they even told me.
￼￼Most often they have just seen your therapist and present to the ER the next day or within the week, if they are lucky, or they have seen their provider and told them everything is fine.
Everything is not fine!! Someone says they’re “fine” or they are “OK” create a dialogue and if they feel comfortable enough they will open up and tell you that they’re really not fine nor OK. ￼
Not comfortable talking to your provider or therapist. Find another one IMMEDIATELY! Not sure how to find another one? Reach out and I will show you the way. ￼￼￼
When you have someone’s attention who you think might be suicidal or not in a good mental state…..that is the one opportunity that you have to make a difference and bring that person back to seeing any kind of HOPE. ￼
Start talking about it because the death toll is going to rise and it’s not going to be because of having Covid-19 but rather the unintended consequences of an economic shutdown. ￼
We used to be a society where we thought we were one paycheck away from being homeless but little did we know that a pandemic would take us down. ￼￼￼
Some have saved money throughout their lifetime but due to loss of business and income they’re having to dip into that savings and run through it quickly.
I have not been keeping count and there have been many but I’m going to start with the one person I met yesterday. ￼
Talking about it saves lives. Remaining silent fills up mortuaries.
I Care! Let’s talk!!!!