September 8, 2014 1:50 PM
I light a candle in honor of those who sought suicide as an option to answer their problems.
I light a candle to burn the ashes of stigma associated with suicide and mental illness.
I light a candle to shed light on the taboo topic we all know as suicide.
I light a candle to forgive myself for attempting suicide four times in the past eight years.
I light a candle to shine bright in the midst of the dark cloud hovering above the silent ones.
I light a candle for the family members and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide.
I light a candle in hopes to raise mental health awareness and suicide prevention across the world.
To kick off National Suicide Prevention Week, this past weekend I did a photo-shoot to showcase my mental illness to raise awareness in my local community. In honor of my friend who took her own life on March 26, I centered the theme of my photo-shoot around one of her favorites quote, “What I Dream of is an art of Balance…” –Henri Matisse.
Several of my friends have questioned why am I so determined to raise mental health awareness and suicide prevention. In all honesty, I personally can relate to mental health and suicide. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and Borderline personality disorder and it is hard for others to understand why I act, feel, think, and do what I do on a daily basis. The only way I can connect to my friends and friend is to share my story and talk about mental health/suicide prevention.
My goal is raise mental health awareness and suicide prevention to one day help encourage others to speak out about their emotions and thoughts before resulting to suicide or self-harm. My passion is to be the voice for the silent sufferers to show them that it is okay to talk and encourage them that they are never alone.
Please enjoy the following pictures from my mental health awareness photo-shoot. Wednesday September 10th, 2014 is National Suicide Prevention Day across the globe. I created a video to promote Suicide Prevention which will be posted Wednesday!
If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm please know that there is help and there is hope. Please reach out and seek appropriate help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number 1-800-273-8255. Know that you are not alone and that your are loved.