It’s been a long time my friends and I apologize. Summer has come with changes and challenges. As some of you know I work for a summer theatre camp. This year I took on an extra project, a charity show. It gathered my closest friends together to put on the hit musical, “Company”. So many people pitched in to make it an amazing production. It raised over $2,000 for charity.
Which brings me to my topic for today. All of the money we collected went to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I know this is a fitness blog, but it’s also about being healthy. Your mental and emotional well being is just as important, if not more important, than your physical health. The two can often go hand in hand, based off of your own personal history. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and beats out homicide, which is 17th.
First off I am not a licensed therapist, but you can bet your ass that if anyone I know if having struggles with depression or feeling lost I am will always be there to lend an ear. You are never alone, someone always loves you, and you don’t realize what you are to the people around you. Also I truly believe that will always be given to those who ask for it. Yes people will screw up, and you may feel like you have screwed up your life majorly, but you need to know that whatever consequences you face someone will be there for you. Sometimes that person is family, maybe a friend, co-worker, doctor, neighbor, and sometimes the person you need is you. If you ever think of giving up or giving in, or if you are having dark thoughts, think of what would happen if you take yourself out of your daily life. Your family wouldn’t smile so much, your pet wouldn’t get excited in the morning or when you get home from work, that guy on the bus or in the officer wouldn’t have someone saying good morning to him, and so many other scenarios. The little things you do matter and add to those around you. So if I am your friend remember, I am always here to hear you, and if you weren’t on this earth I would feel emptiness.
Life is never easy, and can often seem stressful. Those were merely things to try to put things into perspective. If you are having dark thoughts please do not hesitate to contact your personal physician or one of the many resources on the AFSP website. There is nothing to feel ashamed about, and you are not alone. Talking about what you feel is the biggest step you can take, and it takes courage. Know that there is a way out of the darkness.
If anyone you are having suicidal thoughts please follow the link in this article. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides support for those having suicidal thoughts, those who have lost love ones, and those who wish to make a difference to make a change.