I am a well-known and thoroughly-documented introvert. It takes me forever to make friends, and up until last year, I could count the number of friends I knew well on zero-fingers. But, I’m almost up to needing two hands for my hyper-local crew now, so it seems I may have turned a corner! Let’s file this post under “I can do it, anyone can do it”😊
Can I share something with you: Today, one of my friends told me she is planning a “celebration of life” on the anniversary of her suicide attempt. And she wanted to invite ALL those who have made an impact in her life, including me. It almost made me cry because it’s moments like these that I cherish, it’s moments like these that I am reminded of the impact I can make in someone’s life.
I know many of us think about those who we have lost and wonder if there was something you could have done differently, if something you could of said that might have made a difference.
What I learnt about suicide is that we must give what we can in the moments with no regrets because it just might make a difference. Tell someone how much they mean to you. Share that you are worried about them. Let them know that you have noticed some changes in their behaviour. Say that you want to help but you are not sure how. Sit with them even if you say nothing at all, Let them know you are busy but want to make time with them once you are free. Offer to go on an appointment with them. Say you are proud of them for getting through the day even though it’s obvious they are struggling and in pain.
Lastly, Hold hands and PRAY for them. Praying for your friends is so important because sometimes they fight battles they will never speak to you about. Make sure they are covered. Again, Suicide Prevention Day should be every day because each day is an opportunity to let someone know(and feel) like they matter! Feel free to comment or encourage each other. Your story can save a life. #youmatter. God bless you.💕
Blessings and Love.😊