F-ck Cancer! Fight Aids! We’ve got 5ks and telethons for the worst of ailments and suffering human kind carries. But suicide? What does that even look like? How do you tackle an illness that doesn’t always show it’s self so clearly as cancer and disease?
I’m well aware of the celebrities we’ve lost. The talented. The tormented. Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Chester, Bordain…the list keeps growing every month. I thought my family was immune or safe from the grief of suicide, but that changed September 10th, 2017.
The day my Sister’s husband took his own life. He’s been part of mine for over 6 years. Camping trips, Florida trips, bonfires and beers. I’d be lying if I told you I don’t think about him every hour of my day. The guilt, anguish, and empathy I carry for him and for my Sister is immeasurable. It’s gotten so bad that I started therapy myself last week to talk about it. To borrow a friend’s quote on therapy, “If you have a car, you have to perform regular maintenance on it. Change tires, oil, brakes. Most of us don’t know how to do those things, so you bring it to someone who does, right? Same thing with the brain. Going 1000 miles a minute everyday doesn’t come without some wear and tear. So we take it to a professional who can help us out with that.”
Depression doesn’t care how wealthy you are. How many kids you have. How the world would be lost without you. That’s not how your sick brain works. We give well wishes and support to people with cancer. It’s time to treat suicidal thoughts and mental health the same way.
If you feel like there’s something wrong, it’s time to fix it.
If you feel like you’re beyond fixing, you’re not. Call 1-800-273-8255.