Hearing about Kate Spade’s unfortunate passing was yet another reminder to the developed world that, yes, suicide does happen, even when we think they are the most colourful person. But if we look around, outside of our own binocular view we sometimes live in, every day we are probably passing someone who is living life with a black and white lens.
I understand how people can perceive suicide to be selfish, but personally, I do not like this term. Unless one has personally experienced the sheer hold mental illness can have on oneself, I think it is important to keep an open mind. When you are in the strangle, it is often very hard to explain how exhausting doing ‘nothing’ is, yet no one can see how exhausting it is to live with your thoughts. This perception does nothing to help those in the trap, so judgement is beyond a sure way to stop someone from asking for help.
We are lucky to live in such a country who provides extensive funding to allow us to all access mental health at any stage of our life, despite how much money or resources we have, there is always an option. Please empower yourself to ask for a hand when you feel like your vision is starting to darken, and things just don’t seem so bright anymore.
Here are some great original (and new) organisations and services for people battling mental health or those who would like a greater understanding.
Life in Mind
An Australian initiative that linked national suicide prevention services to communities across the country. It aims to help not only society members but also health professionals wanting evidence-based knowledge and data on suicide risk factors, prevention and management.
Heart on My Sleeve Foundation
Their goal is to humanize mental health, with one heartfelt story at a time. They want to get people talking, and to open up about their past and current mental health stories. The more we hear, the less we see it as this big scary topic. It is a great foundation, considering the 1 in 4 statistics of someone having a mental illness. Follow along with their stories and their founder Mitch Wallis below.