E136: Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month: Let’s Talk About It
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Suicide is something people don’t talk about often or enough. Here at the Unqualified Therapists, we talk about it often, not just in September, but all year long. It is important to normalize the emotions one has when they experience suicidal ideations. It is important to normalize the word suicide, saying it out loud doesn’t make it happen more, but actually does the opposite. It is important that those struggling and those who have lost loved ones to suicide know they are not alone, the are NOT the only ones.
The stigma still stands, but things are getting better. In this episode, I share my experience at the “Out of the Darkness Walk” in Pittsburgh this month. It gave me some hope that one day the stigma will be shattered and that we can openly talk about the darkest days of our lives.On the AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) website it says, “Talk Away the Dark. Talking is the first step to preventing suicide.” And so we talk and talk and talk even when people try to make us stop. It’s been a year since my own suicidal ideation and regardless of the repercussions, I am proud that I shared and talked about it with all of you. I have no regrets. Sarah and I started the podcast for the main reason of talking about the dark stuff that no one wants to talk about so we all feel less alone. And that is what we do.
We know it's a heavy topic and that is okay, but because we are us, we of course have to throw in some ridiculousness. Listen in as we discuss the new term “bed rotting”, missing out on possibly the show of our life with Aerosmith, and which one of us has zero interest in NSYNC.
We love you and are so happy you are here. If you are in a tough time right now, know it will get better. You might not be able to see it, but keep hanging on, keep moving forward, because it will pass.
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*The Unqualified Therapists Podcast is not giving medical advice as they are not actual doctors (Hence the name: Unqualified 😉). This podcast is for entertainment purposes only and all medical advice should be taken from a Qualified Doctor. UT shares stories and resources, not medical advice.