Every September we observe Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s a time for communities to come together to share resources and learn as much as we can about this difficult topic, in the hopes of preventing even one individual from taking their life. It’s a heavy month, but one that is necessary.
The reality is that suicide is the 9th leading cause of death for adults in the United States, with suicidal thoughts plaguing over 12.2 million Americans. If there was ever a perfect time to take your own mental health seriously, now is the time.
I know, firsthand, how easy it is to shrug things off regarding your own health. But if a person you loved came to you with a similar need, you would never turn them away. It can feel overwhelming learning your worth and giving yourself what you need. I’d like to share just a few mindset shifts that have helped me.
1. Take yourself seriously.
The things you think and feel matter. Give yourself the courtesy of regarding your own thoughts, emotions, and experiences as important. Then, offer yourself the proper attention and care you would give someone else going through something similar.
2. Be kind to yourself.
Throw out the “buck up, buttercup” attitude for something more gracious. Remove the judgement you heap onto yourself and allow yourself to be human. It’s okay to have a bad day. It’s okay to not have all the answers. Relieve yourself of the pressure and just be.
3. There is no shame in asking for help.
The truth is we all need assistance navigating life, with all its ups and downs. By being willing to lean into the relationships and resources that can help us along the journey, we free ourselves from isolation and shame.
There’s no perfect science to discovering your own self-worth. The more attune we are to ourselves and the kinder we are in the process, the better we can become at combating the negative self-talk that can plague our lives and contribute to isolation.
You are worth taking the time to become healthy. You have a purpose. And you are loved. May you never forget that.
If you or someone you know may be struggling, please reach out to the ACTS team for assistance. Our Identity Fund program is specifically meant to provide each of us with access to the quality mental healthcare we deserve. You are worth it.