Today, October 10 is World Mental Health Day.
This year’s primary focus is on suicide prevention. There’s a nifty acronym (a favorite for poets) to help you spot someone having a hard time. Being there for a loved one to help them cope when they feel anxious or depressed or stressed out or overwhelmed by the world is so important. Think of the acronym is WAIT:
W – Watch out for signs of distress and uncharacteristic behavior.
A – Ask “are you having suicidal thoughts?”
I – It will pass. Assure your loved one that, with help, their suicidal feelings will pass with time.
T – Talk to others. Encourage your loved one to seek help from a mental health professional.
As I have shared here before, I wouldn’t want any of my blogging friends to get to a point where they feel like they couldn’t carry on.
Get the help you need. Take care of yourself. Find some fun outlet to get outside. Watch a favorite show or movie. Call an old friend you haven’t talked to in awhile. Anything to help you get in a better state of mind.
I love you all! I hope you are taking positive steps to care for your own wellbeing.
Share the word! Re-blog this post to help others who might be struggling. Help spread awareness so that people can keep their ears and eyes open to help those in need.