In an earlier post, I expressed that suicide prevention is more than resources with the name “suicide” in them. I wonder how many of you feel ill-equipped to have this conversation because you feel that the topic of suicide ought to be reserved for the professionals or that you don’t have the skills, personal experience nor any reason relevant in your life to become a part of the discussion.
Everyone is a part of suicide prevention in that we each pursue things of interest to us that more or less overlap into the needs of another person in ways we never thought of. The person that helped assemble the laptop I am typing on, that filled the ink in my pen I am writing with and the person keeping the switch turned to on to channel electricity to my house and the folks at the water plant further upstate are ensuring I have running water to use as I need, are all part of instilling hope in my day and allowing me to engage with my outside world. We all are interdependent on one another for survival and for the opportunity to see hope and thrive. In many, many ways, you creating your blogs do that for countless others.
The more obvious realms in which the general public seems to think of to support oneself or another during a time of emotional crisis is a therapist, a hospital, perhaps a pastor of a church or the suicide crisis prevention line, statistics say, aren’t actually where people first turn to to show they want help. Most folks turn to people in their immediate circles where they already see and speak to them on a daily basis. The thing is, most of these people aren’t sure how to speak about suicide and facts point to most of the medical professionals aren’t equipped in how to provide suicide intervention or suicide prevention, either. What will happen to those of you that just feel you are out of options and are in the dark? Turn to places that will be safe for you to feel and explore what has brought you to the point of having suicide thoughts.
In a recent discussion on mental health, transparency was key to making it a safe atmosphere to discuss. We all have differing reasoning behind why we may have made up our mind about mental health, but the thing is not everyone is included in the conversation because there is so much more emphasis on, “feeling better,” and, “moving on,” “feeling grateful,” and “being more positive,” that for those of you feeling in the dark and disconnnected from yourself and the world, it could be the straw that broke the camel’s back for you.
Want to find a way to connect back with yourself and the world around you? Find people that are already being transparent about their mental health to spiritually be in your corner and bring some relief to you that you are not alone.
Grounds For Clarity Thought Founder Kim Johnson aims to elevate the voices in the community that encourage others and give them a reprieve from believing they are in this life alone. We decided to bring in a community member actively advocating for a quality life for all free from stigma and taboo of suicide. We will be synergizing with fellow blogger under the moniker, The Bipolar Writer, and breach open and imperfect discussion about suicide. In his blog, his mission and vision overlaps with that of Ground For Clarity and that is to encourage others to share their stories to reconnect with themselves in an accepting and wholesome way. James Edgar Skye shares his message that there is nothing to be ashamed of in having thoughts of suicide and he fills his purpose in the hopes to touch at least one person’s life and to save lives from suicide. James is an active community helper in suicide prevention.
James Edgar Skye, the founder of The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog , will be sharing his experiences with suicide and what he learned from them. James and I share the value of sharing stories. It is in the sharing of our stories that we can become empowered in the face of stigma and taboo around not only suicide, but also around our mental health. This discussion will be posted here on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020.
Your darkness that you are experiencing is something unique to you and James and I are just two of the voices cheering you on to open up and share your story when you are ready.
On a rolling basis, James Edgar Skye will be hosting open discussions about mental health. If this is something you feel would benefit you or someone you know, please connect with me here and I will ensure you receive an invitation to become a part of this important discussion. It is our hope in being transparent about mental health, that you all realize that there is nothing wrong with you, nothing that needs fixing and no pressure to feel better. We believe that self-empowerment soon follows the sharing of your story.
Thank you for adding your voice to the collective. We feel you. We see you. We hear you. You aren’t alone.
Additional upcoming event, if you feel ready to face your story and open up about what is really going on between your heart and mind and are burnt out from trying to make sense of it all, have you tried everything? :