I have never personally been impacted by suicide or suicidal thoughts, but I have dealt with depression and I know people who have personally dealt with the impact of suicide committed by a loved one, or bouts of having their own thoughts. While this post is brief — a trigger warning is in order before proceeding.
The Announcement (The Most Important Part)
Straight from The San Diego Union-Tribune…
The 3-paragraph article then goes on to say that, “the Kaiser Family Foundation reported earlier this year that 40 percent of U.S. adults had symptoms of depressive disorder or anxiety — quadruple the number from before the pandemic … “
A Reminder: Suicide is Linked to Depression & These are Trying Times
I just wanted to share the bit above because I feel like more people should know about this.
As I said in the opening of this post, I haven’t personally been impacted by suicide closely or ever had any of those thoughts myself — but I have dealt with depression before and I’ve seen the pain that suicide, and thoughts of it, can cause.
We have lost waaaaay too many people to this particular issue, and life is only getting more complicated and arduous by the day. We don’t talk about it much, so I’m throwing it in my visitors’ faces right now.
Realize that this time of year, specifically, is VERY hard for some people. You never know what someone is going through, what they are thinking, or how they may take something that you simply (and maybe even “innocently”) view as harmless fun.
We are not all the same. We do not all respond to things the same.
I will close this one with one last lift from the very brief opinion piece in The San Diego Union-Tribune: “For those with … symptoms [such as severe depressive disorder or anxiety], please call 1 (800) 273-8255 — the present hotline [for help].” We care and we love you, people.