No one talks about: Suicide ideation & attempts
Psychotherapist and mental health advocate Rwenshaun Miller speaks transparently about his suicide attempts and how he’s recovered.
It's gonna take a community to be able to address this issue. [MUSIC PLAYING]
I personally dealt with suicide ideations multiple times. And I attempted suicide three times.
And so, when I was doing that, it wasn't from the aspect of, I didn't want to be here anymore.
It was more so of the fact that I was in pain. A lot of times, people don't want to talk about suicide because of the fact that they think,
oh, if I bring it up, it may put the idea in someone's head. Or you may be pushing them towards that.
But that's not the case. A lot of times, you just need that permission to be able to divulge whatever you have going on with them.
We have to share these particular stories that you see multiple people talking about. I've been depressed, or I didn't want to be here anymore.
Or you're having people normalize these specific conversations. That's something that's going to go a long way, because people can resonate with these particular things,
because suicide may be passive. Somebody could be in a down moment and be like, I just wish someone would take me out. And I just don't want to be here anymore.
It could be something just as simple as that. But then, also understanding when you have these specific conversations, people can know where to go, who they can trust, but also,
build their support system around them. And that's what's going to take people a long way, because you can't live life alone.
You feel like you have no other option. And you know, you feel like you don't want to be here anymore. And you have a plan and intent to execute
that particular plan. You need to get help. And that's not even just calling a friend or a family member.
It's also reaching out to your behavioral health center or maybe even going to the hospital. It's OK to go check into the-- check yourself--
I've actually been in hospitals before, as a patient, but then also as someone who's serving someone there.
So it's not a death sentence for you to go get that particular help. And then understanding, if you don't have any way out
or if you have means to die by suicide, get those things out of your house.
Or remove those things from your periphery so you can be safe.
But then also, talk to someone. Like again, I can't reiterate that enough, is telling your supports what you
have going on in your mind, what's going on in your head, but then also, letting them know that if I send a message
and I need you to come immediately, creating those plans. Be preventive instead of reactive.
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