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National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and every year around this time we think, are we doing enough, are we helping in this crisis and honestly, it never seems to be enough. We mourn every time we see a post where someone feels that they aren’t worthy enough, or strong enough, or brave enough to go on. There is such a fallacy that is spread regarding suicide, that those who commit suicide are cowards. Far from it, they were warriors that just couldn’t fight anymore.

“Soak up the views. Take in the bad weather and the good weather. You are not the storm.” -Matt Haig

The array of mental health issues that can lead a person to consider or carry out suicide are immense and they can affect ANYONE! 2 years ago both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, took their own lives and left so many unanswered questions, fear, sadness and grief in their wake. Jameela Jamil, the immensely talented actress, writer, model and activist is a Suicide Attempt survivor. These three individuals, who are all well known to the average person, seem to have had it all, fame, fortune, a life that everyone envies and yet, they sought to end their life.

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
–Harriet Beecher Stowe

When a tragedy occurs, when a life is cut short, it is natural to wonder, what was overlooked? Did they feel that they couldn’t get the help they needed? Or did they seek help and just never feel that there was a light at the end of the tunnel for them?

“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom... is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”
-Anthony Bourdain

For us at Team, we know that there are many sites and organizations, like ourselves, trying to act as a safe landing spot for those with depression, anxiety, addictions, suicidal thoughts...and when someone is overlooked and decides that suicide is the only way out, it feels...utterly devastating. While logically we know that support, counseling, medication, treatment, only do so much, that the internal desire to continue on must be there, the pain that suicide leaves in its wake, affects us all.

“What if I just want to die?"
"Then I will be sad and disappointed that you cheated yourself out of your chance at existence. Not all of us have that opportunity, you know, to choose life.” - Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen

There is no description that perfectly defines someone who can and will take their life through Suicide. It is an equal opportunity killer, it matters not your religion, your sexuality, your home of origin, the color of your skin, or whether you are straight or gay. Why, because the trials and tribulations that lead someone to kill themselves can affect everyone, in the form of a lifelong condition, to a temporary setback and everything in between.

“I used to think it utterly normal that I suffered from “suicidal ideation” on an almost daily basis. In other words, for as long as I can remember, the thought of ending my life came to me frequently and obsessively.”
-Stephen Fry

We honor the memory of all those who have left this world by suicide by making sure that we, and the people we care about, are properly supported, either on our site, or the many other options that are out there in the form of websites, support groups, therapy, and counseling.

“Despite the cloud of my depression and anxiety, I woke up every morning with a choice, give up or trudge through. Trudging sucks. Giving up sucks. Sometimes life comes down to the lesser of two evils.” - Aaron Behr

We can and must do better. -Team SG

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