I always try to look at situations that are sad, tragic etc and think what I can do to help. I know I can only do my little bit, but I feel I do need to do that.
The tragic death of Robin Williams after his lifelong battle with depression, Bipolar, has highlighted again, the need for suicide awareness and compassion.
There are millions worldwide suffering with suicidal thoughts right now and I know that. It breaks my heart, because I know that pain.
So, to do something useful, I’ve put out a pile of info on Twitter and Facebook with this in mind. Stating compassion is needed. Info about suicide, how I get suicidal so I completely understand and have no judgment,and how I have empathy. Info about how to help people with depression, info about crisis lines etc.
I saw a girl on Twitter say she is finding all the media coverage hard, as she had recently tried to end her life. So I said I have too and I understand, and said how I know I need to stay away from social media and media if it’s affecting me and have self care. I explained I am going to lie down on sofa with a blanket and watch a movie, as I need self care. She said her mum turned off the media, which is helping. It helps when people to know others understand, and what can help manage the situation.
It is needed for people to reach out, with empathy and just say they understand and what may help, in a very sensitive way.
We can all only do our little part to help people, but we must do that.
And even if it only helps one person, that is enough.