Awareness Months

Raising mental health awareness for the other eleven months of the year.

September: National Suicide Awareness Month. October: Mental Health Awareness Month. November: Nothing. Throughout September and October we see everyone posting about suicide rates: “Here for you,” “You’re not alone,” “Reach out for help,” “Check on your friends,” until suddenly it stops. After the nationally recognized months of awareness, no one seems to care. So here I am to tell you that I do, I do care. I know the feeling of swiping through social media and seeing these messages. You see them and you want to reach out. You just want to message someone and say “Please help me,” but you can’t. There’s something in your mind that stops you, I know. I am so sorry. It takes a while to gain the strength to finally take that step and comment “Please help me,” but here I am to tell you that you can do it. Maybe it will take a few months, a few weeks, or even a few years, but it will happen so please do not give up. Until that time, know that you truly are not alone.

This is not an Instagram story with cute quotes and the suicide prevention hotline number, this is a message to you, and only you. I am speaking to you directly. I have been in your situation. The pain takes over and no matter how many cute messages are shared to raise awareness during Mental Health Month or Suicide Awareness Day, it does not make you feel any better, and I do not want to say that I understand because I know that, sometimes, this pain is your pride; you feel as if no one understands your pain, and that’s what makes it yours - it is something that you finally have but others don’t. People with healthy minds would not understand this pride, but I do. I just want to tell you that, after National Suicide Awareness Month and after Mental Health Awareness Month, you still matter. After National Suicide Awareness Month and after Mental Health Awareness Month, you still deserve to feel loved. After National Suicide Awareness Month and after Mental Health Awareness Month, you are still never alone. After National Suicide Awareness Month and after Mental Health Awareness Month, you can still reach out for help. After National Suicide Awareness Month and after Mental Health Awareness Month, I hope you remember that I am still here and I am so proud of you for just being here with me.

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