Because you matter, today and everyday!

I don’t remember reading about Suicide Prevention Day in the years bygone, but today morning I read an article on the mental health epidemic and World Suicide Prevention Day and I couldn’t help but feel how important this day is and should be!

I thought about that one day, few years ago, where I had that horrible thought. The thought was powerful and felt very pleasant. I had the sense, the strength and the support system, to snap out of that dark whirl and I called my best friends to just talk it out. The same support system had helped me through a terrible situation during my college years. I started working on myself to come out of the sadness and the pain that I was feeling. Those few years were the second most horrible phase of my life, but eventually made me much stronger. I was lucky, that my issue was minuscule to deal with.

From what I found out, women of color are at a much higher risk of succumbing to mental stress, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness where everything seems to work against you and it feels easier to slip into perennial darkness rather than stand up and fight. Social pressures, stigma, patriarchy are major underlying factors and the reason we even have this day to commemorate. Social media, the audio-visual world and freely available opinions and advice do no favor to people struggling. It is important to know that it’s okay! It is okay to struggle, to fail, to be anxious, to try again and again.

Not everyone has positive factors surrounding them to help with mental challenges and it is necessary to seek professional help. Don’t be afraid to ask. Counselors, therapists and doctors can do wonders for your happiness and health. Sometimes you need more than a listening ear, and a patient shoulder to cry on. If there is a bad situation involving crime around you, contact local agencies, NGOs and Non-Profits to help you out. There are many organizations helping Indians living Abroad as well and they have a team of legal and non-legal experts for every situation. From what I know, there are online counselors working hard to help anyone and everyone out for almost no charge.

For any help please, call these numbers. Please know that you have options, and you DO matter. Today, and everyday!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255  USA