This month, September, is National Suicide Prevention Month. It can feel like a very uncomfortable topic to discuss but talking about it can help save so many lives.
In my recovery journey from O.C.D. and Anorexia Nervosa, its been tough, and at times it felt impossible. I have self harmed in the past, a long time ago while I was in therapy battling my O.C.D., and I went through a time in my Eating Disorder recovery where I believed I wasn’t supposed to be here, I wasn’t supposed to be in recovery, I believed my Eating Disorder should have taken my life.
During that time I never ever thought my life would get better, I didn’t believe I had a future, I didn’t believe I mattered. But here I am today and I can honestly tell you my life is so so so much better. Im so happy and hopeful towards my future now, it didn’t happen overnight, its a process, but its so worth it.
So in your journey, if you feel low and/or struggling, here are some things I want to remind you:
You are enough, you are worthy.
I know it doesn’t feel like it, but its so incredibly true. You are enough by just being you.
You are not damaged.
Just because you struggle doesn’t mean you are damaged. You are wonderfully you, and you are beautiful no matter what your struggles are.
You are so strong.
Its not easy, surviving everyday, its hard work and requires so much effort and determination to fight for life. You do it each and everyday, you are so strong.
Keep on keeping on.
Life, Its hard and your mind makes it feel impossible, but no matter what it tells you, do not let it control you, do not let it take away the life you deserve. Keep on keeping on, and you will see how much better things will be.
LIFE IS TOUGH, BUT SO ARE YOU.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
If you are feeling suicidal, there is hope.
You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
You can reach the Crisis Text Line 24/7 by texting “START” to 741-741.
You can call The Trevor Project, an LGBT crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
For additional resources, see the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education).