Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention
I just watched a video of a survivor of a Golden Gate Bridge jump.
Pardon my language but this shit is no joke. Having no resources is no joke. Having no beds open is no joke. This is real. This is real life. These are real people suffering in silence.
Mental illness does not care who you are. It does not care how much money you have. It does not care which people you know. It does not care what color your skin is. It does not care where you come from. It does not care what your goals are. It doesn't care how many kids you have. It does not care if you are sick, or healthy, or homeless, or successful.
It. Does. Not. Care.
And do you want to know something else? Before you judge that person you know that lives 3 doors down in the house that has the boarded windows with the cats that only leaves their house to get the newspaper, know that you are not exempt. Know that just because you are okay today in this moment it does not mean that you will wake up tomorrow equally as okay. And it is okay to not be okay.
I didn't jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, but I did take a lot of pills. More pills than someone should take. Not enough for a one way ticket to the ICU but enough that I could watch what was happening from the outside and not give a damn if I lived or died. You start with two to try and quiet the noise in your head and if that doesn't work you take two more and if that doesn't work you continue the cycle and eventually you start to not care. And then if you're lucky you wake up on the fourth floor feeling like a truck ran over you unsure of whether you walked there or got there by wheelchair or who knows what else.
Sick people do not always look sick. Mental illness has so many shapes and sizes. Lawyers, doctors, poets, athletes, teachers, mothers, brothers, children. Again, mental illness does not care.
Medication is just as vital in the treatment of mental illness as it is for other illnesses. Mental illness is not your fault. Mental illness is not all in your head. It is not an illusion. It is real. You have the right to have medication for your mental illness just like people with diabetes need insulin and people who have seizures need anticonvulsants.
Don't sell yourself short. You don't have to be lonely. You also don't have to be miserable.
Be nice to people. All people. Whether you are sick or well because you never know if you're going to wake up one morning and understand their story because suddenly you're in their shoes.
Never stop fighting. You deserve to live and love living.