Suicide Prevention Month – Caring for the Bereaved this Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month. A time to reach out to those who are struggling with life’s pressures. In the Grief Industry, it’s usually a time to surround those we know who have someone in their life who has succumbed to suicide. But it should be so much more than that. Suicide prevention is about acknowledging our feelings and emotions that we struggle with, overcoming a stigma that says we shouldn’t feel anything other than OK. We often think about individuals who contemplate suicide as being overwhelmed by the pressures of life, lost jobs, failed relationships. But at the root of it all is the stigma about sharing our real feelings, and feeling free enough to seek help for those feelings. For those of us who grieve, we know all about this. We have all been told at some point that what we are feeling is ‘unacceptable’. Our grief is too intense – ‘you’re in public, hold it together – , or it’s too prolonged – “isn’t’ she over it by now?”. There are so many times in our grief journey we have to fight to be allowed to feel what we feel. Suicide prevention is all about allowing people the freedom to feel what they feel, to not have to feel ashamed about what they are feeling, to not have to feel ashamed about seeking help. This is such an important event to support, as it strives for a freedom not only for those who so desperately need suicide prevention, but in reality for all of us who have deep, overwhelming emotions. If you are someone who is struggling in life, whether it is due to grief or any other issue, please seek the help you not only need, but deserve. The help is out there. If you are someone who is in a position of support whether it be mental health or grief support, or simply a friend, please reach out to those you know are struggling, let them know it’s OK to feel, that they have a right to feel what they’re feeling. This is how we can end the stigmas.
Take Time – Acknowledge your loss (your feelings, your struggles) – Grieve Together (feel together, live together, support together)
If you need help, and aren’t sure where to get help, go to www.suicideispreventable.org