World Suicide Prevention Day – Please Stay Another Day
Today’s World Suicide Prevention Day and, for once, I’m not going to write a long well articulated post, I’m simply going to leave two songs to speak louder than I could ever speak. I wish I’d known about these songs while I was in the suicidal thoughts/depression/anxiety/panic attacks black hole of numbness.
If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts please put this huge playlist I created on shuffle. There’s a little something there for everyone, both genre wise and subject matter as they vary from light relief to seriously real and gritty songs.
And if you are suffering please know that you’re NOT alone, you ARE cared for and you DO have a hope and a future. I’m praying for you and know that my inbox is always open. Please stay for a day more and do the same tomorrow. The world’s a much better place with you in it. I promise.
Concerned about someone who may be having suicidal thoughts?
All it takes is a smile, a head nod and/or a hello. Look around you. See someone struggling? Reach out to them. See someone being left out? Include them. See someone’s scars? Listen to them. Remind them that you care. Tell them they are loved, that they DO have a hope and a future, that tomorrow holds the answers to today’s problems. Encourage them to keep fighting. Arrange to meet up with them again later, or in a few days and do something fun. Have lunch together or something. Most of the time they don’t even wanna talk about it all, they just want to be included. There’s no lonelier place than being isolated and trapped in one’s mind. Keep an eye out and be someone’s light today.
Don’t feel qualified to do so? Just be brave and go for it, you’ll soon find out you are. If they do need to speak to someone professional, here’s the numbers to call…