The holiday season is in full swing and a lot of us are thinking about creating new traditions and keeping old ones alive. We’ve decided on the perfect decorations and Christmas lights. We’ve found that special gift that our loved ones will treasure; and we’ve planned out our holiday menu.
What we forget about is the many people that suffer during the holiday season. Depression is a very real thing, mental illness is a very real thing. We’ve seen headlines about children, adults, celebrities and people of wealth who have all taken their lives. There is no face to suicide, there is no age to suicide, there is no tax bracket for suicide, and there is no color for suicide.
Suicide is a very silent killer, most of us say “I had no idea; I wish they had said something.” Maybe they wish we said something too. If you know someone spending the holidays alone invite them to celebrate with your family and friends. If you think a friend is in need reach out to them.
Smile at the person having a bad day, you never know what they are dealing with. If you are in need, or think you are in need don’t be afraid to ask for help or seek help. If you can’t afford it there are a lot of FREE resources out here to help.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Find a Local Chapter
1-800-SUICIDE – (1-800-784-2433)
1-800-799-4TTY – (1-800-799-4889)
Military Veterans Suicide Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK (Press 1)
Suicide Hotline in Spanish:
1-800-273-TALK (Press 2)
LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline:
You have a voice, make sure you are heard.