Those of us with bipolar disorder are at a high risk of suicide and that’s a scary thought. For us, suicidal thoughts, ideation and actions are a big part of our lives, like an ever-present threat lurking in the background.
So many people struggle
We do all we can to remain safe and are constantly fighting to keep living; we take medication, we monitor our moods, we form crisis plans and try to stay stable. It’s tough and it’s not just those of us with bipolar who struggle. There are so many people out there who struggle with depression, anxiety and so many other mental illnesses, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.
It’s so important to raise awareness
World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise worldwide awareness of this risk, to get more people talking about it so that we can reduce stigma and hopefully help other people to know that they are not alone and that there is help out there. The more we talk about these ‘taboo’ subjects, the more we break down those walls and encourage people to speak out, to reach out, to not struggle on feeling isolated.
Every day should be about awareness and support for those of us who need it. I myself have attempted suicide on multiple occasions and am often struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings; it’s hard to talk about but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I am glad that I am here, that I am alive, but my disorder wants me to think differently. I fight on, and I know that so many others do the same.
There is support out there
Today and every other day, I want you to know that you are not alone. There is support out there; if you are struggling please do reach out, to anyone whether a friend, family member or someone professional. Reaching out for help and admitting that you are struggling can be one of the hardest things to do, but you can do it and once you do, that weight will be shared and you can find a path to help, to managing your disorder and learning how to live your life.
There is joy to be found
Happiness is out there, even for those of us who have a lifelong mental illness; there is so much joy and beauty in the world to be found, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now. If you don’t feel as though you have someone in your life you can reach out to, then please contact a professional; call your doctor, call the emergency services, call a hotline, talk to anyone that you can.
I have included a list of worldwide hotlines at the end of this article; please reach out for help if you need it. You can do this, I know you can.
Please remember that you are not alone.
You are worthy.
You are strong.
You are loved.
You can get through this.
National Suicide Prevention line tel:1-800-273-8255
Austria: 142; for children and young people, 147
Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05
Brazil: 188 for the CVV National Association
Canada: 1.833.456.4566, 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)
Estonia: 3726558088; in Russian 3726555688
Finland: 010 195 202
Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000
New Zealand: 0800543354
Portugal: 21 854 07 40/8 . 96 898 21 50
South Africa: 0514445691
United Kingdom: 08457909090
Veterans’ Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255/ text 838255
Sourced from Internationl bipolar foundation’s website https://ibpf.org/resource/list-international-suicide-hotlines