Today is all about raising awareness on a heartbreaking topic. Every 40 seconds, someone in the world gives up on their battle with mental health and commits suicide. That’s 800,000 lives taken too soon by an illness nobody can see and usually don’t like to talk about.
Most recently and widely reported on, was the tragic news of losing Chester Bennington due to suicide. The world mourned the death of the star, rightly so. But I think it’s important we all take a look around us, those closest to us, or even someone you’ve never met…how are they doing? I think the death of Robin Williams really highlighted how what you see doesn’t always reflect what is going on inside the mind. Robin was hilariously funny, filled peoples lives with joy through his films and stand-up shows, unknown to the rest of the world the struggles he faced. It’s time that we all think past the happy facebook posts, confident selfies and realise mental health affects 1 in 4 of us, and doesn’t discriminate between the rich and famous and the poor and unknown.
The theme for this years awareness day is ‘Take a minute, change a life’. Communicating couldn’t be any easier in this day and age, as millennials the whole generation near enough have some sort of social media platform. You can help by asking someone #AlrightPal? Give them an inbox, comment offering your support and give someone a call. Suicide is on the rise in young people, that’s right millennials…us. I think its a mix between the poor mental health services available, the economical state we have to try and make our way in, as well as people finding themselves comparing their lives to another.
Netflix’s original series 13 Reasons Why depicted the story of 17 year old Hannah Baker who committed suicide after a string of bullying, isolation and assault from her peers. The series highlighted how everyone can influence a persons mood, day or even life. Whether its a small remark you forget you even say, it could be the straw that breaks the camels back.
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit a local Samaritans branch. See samaritans.org for details. If you’re local to me and live in Tendring, aged 11-25 you can contact Teen Talk.