Today is the last day for National Suicide Prevention Week. I want to keep the momentum alive so I thought I should share some numbers with you that I plucked from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website…
Each year 44,193 American die by suicide.
There are an average of 121 suicides per day.
Let those staggering numbers sink in. Let’s end the stigma because everyone has a story and every story has a heart and every story with a heart has an important purpose in this world.
Your story is important.
You are not alone.
….Be rooted in Him and let your foundation be built on him. Establish your life and know that His love for you is unconditional. A glorious father he is, never faltering and always by our side. Be strong in your faith and overflowing with thankfulness…. Colossians 2:6-7
As always, thanks for reading… Kat
Here are a few things that I have found interesting throughout the passed weeks…
Eating well definitely affects your performance in all areas of life. Especially when it’s a scolding Southern California summer day. Also eating fruits and veggies is oh so yummy. Check out this list of the top foods to eat in the summer to help beat the heat and to keep you healthy.
Raise awareness about an issue too often left unspoken. Let’s fight the stigma against mental health. Inspire others to raise awareness and take part in sharing information, resources and support for mental health conditions.
Check out these stats…
May was #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth & July is #MinorityMentalHealth Month. Use hashtags #IntoMentalHealth & #StigmaFree & #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #Health #Healthy #HealthyLifeStyle to help get the word out there on social media.
Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.
Find true meaning in community.
It’s good to have fun and always remember to believe in yourself…
Thanks for stopping by… Kat
This is how I work. Kid free and Hangar 24 on tap. Hope everyone is having a good night so far.
Today has been and inspirational sort of day. I took family photos and as I reflect on the day I cannot help but say “wow!” I am blessed beyond belief with a beautiful, healthy and loving family and that is the best I can ask for. I am so thankful to my God who has given me such a fulfilled life and all the opportunities that have presented themselves lately. I am honestly overwhelmed. What brings joy to your heart and thankfulness to your soul?
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
So today is a day that should be celebrated loud, with smiles and with open arms. Mental health should be talked about every day, out in the open, freely, like it is a normal thing because to some people the struggle is their norm. To not talk about it or to hush it and push it under the rug is part of the problem. Share your experiences and be open about your feelings if you can because we all have a story to tell.
Check out these stats from the National Alliance of Mental Health…
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
Mental Health By the Numbers
Those are some sad numbers. The fact that it is so prominent yet has such a stigma attached to it is just plain sad. So use your voice, tell your story and spread the word.
Thanks for reading.