Shows, movies, books....anything that talks about mental health in a serious matter is so important. They help open up the table to a tough conversation of an often misunderstood internal battleground.
Mental health issues are very real, and so many people are affected by them.
And the fact of the matter is, the topic of suicide really needs to stop being romanticized right now. The topic of tragedy needs to stop being accepted as a "cool" form of entertainment.
Suicide isn't an intriguing or interesting tragedy to be even remotely affected by.
Suicide is one's personal end. It's not a tape for everyone to listen to. It's not a message in a bottle. It's an epidemic among countless populations, and we must stop trying to turn it into hit TV shows without approaching true, honest, and important conversations about this taboo topic.
It seems like everyone on social media makes jokes about wanting to die.
It seems like "dark humor" is in, and it's the cool cornerstone of everyone's online persona. But what about the person who really feels this way?
How would you feel if everyone joked about feelings that were so very real to you? It would add to your feelings of invalidation and of shame. It might push suicidal thinking even farther.
People who struggle with suicidality come from every race, background, and religion. Depression does not discriminate, and we must not alienate or mock those who struggle with it.
We must try to find ways to identify the signs and stop inducing further feelings of hopelessness they might feel.
We need to understand that this is a serious matter. It can't be handled this poorly anymore. Victims, as well as survivors, need to be validated. It's a serious matter because too many people feel unsupported and too many people are taking their own lives.
The more we push the topic of suicide into entertainment, the more uneducated and unaware society becomes.
We need to understand suicide can be prevented. People are trained on hotlines and crisis lines and centers to help those who are struggling.
The issue is a lot of people don't know how to identify the signs in others and aren't sure of how to help.
It's important for us to educate ourselves so that we can help those who are feeling helpless and stuck.
It's important we begin to take suicide more seriously. It's time we find the resources, learn what we can to help, and say enough is enough. Let's start to look around and lift up those who are feeling down. Let's help those who can't help themselves.
Suicide isn't a fashionable trend on Twitter. It is a serious issue that needs people who can provide preventive and educational care. We need to be aware of the triggers and remember recovery is possible.
We need to be aware of the messages we send to others. We have to remind people they matter.
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