Mental Health.

taboo.

It is taboo, to talk about ones mental health or stability, can you believe that?

It took me many years of abuse, to finally accept that I needed to see a therapist. I needed a professional – outsider- to help me. My friends couldn’t do it, because I wouldn’t listen. I couldn’t do it, no matter how hard I tried, because I wouldn’t listen.

From the most minute inconvenience to the most harrowing experience – there is always someone who will listen, if you could just get out of your own way and speak.

You are not weak.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with 44,193 deaths per year. What is ultimately outstanding to me about that, is that there is an average of 25 attempts per death.

There was a seemingly high profile case that just wrapped up last week out of Massachusetts. Defendant Michelle Carter, 17 years old, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages. Conrad Roy III, was depressed and suicidal, and Carter eventually stopped urging him to seek help, and instead encouraged him to “get back in”, which he did. Roy III died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a K-Mart parking lot.

Regardless of my own opinions about the verdict and outcome – both Carter and Roy needed to seek professional help instead of refuge in one another.

Do you need help? Do you know someone who needs help?

Asking for help, is one of the strongest things you can ever do.