Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about. But, that doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it. In fact, the very fact that suicide is such a difficult topic to talk about openly means it's one we should be talking about.
Probably everyone has been touched by suicide, whether you've know someone who's taken their own life, read about recent celebrity deaths like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, or perhaps even have had suicidal thoughts or attempted yourself. Or all three.
Author Elizabeth Isaacs provides some staggering statistics in her blog post:
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. I am joining with many other authors and book lovers to unite, spread awareness, and reach out as a source of support in the conversation about suicide. But, truth be told, I am almost didn't write this post--and for the very same reasons that people don't want to talk about it.
I have reached a point in my life where I have had to say goodbye to many loved ones, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and so on. But, the number of people that I have lost to disease and age and even tragedies like drunk driving accidents and brain aneurisms in total barely sum to the number of people I've lost due to suicide. And, I lost someone else only a little over a week ago to suicide on such a tragic scale that I can't even put it into words. This week, someone I know had to be put on suicide watch. That's two people in two weeks. Even saying that out loud hurts.
I've contemplated suicide myself once or twice, too. Probably never too seriously, but I've been there, in the dark, unable to find a way out.
If you have thought about suicide you are not broken. You are not weird or selfish. You are not being dramatic. And you are not alone. Suicide doesn't just show up on your doorstep one morning with some grand offer that you can't wait to take advantage of. It's a vine. It buds and begins to grow inside of you, taking its time as it wraps around and suffocates you, blocking out the light until you barely have the strength to draw breath. It's distressing, intolerable, and gradual.
And it hurts. I know. I've been there.
But even in our darkest, most despairing moments, there are reasons to stay alive. To hope. To persevere. To cut the vine. To keep going.
If you are struggling with or considering suicide, know that there are resources and help lines. There are people who can help. There are ways you can overcome.
The first annual Book Lover's Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day Tour will kick off on Sunday, September 1st and will culminate in a twelve-hour Facebook Live Event on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.
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