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World Suicide Prevention Day

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 matter.
You can get through this.

 

National Suicide Prevention line tel:1-800-273-8255

Argentina: +5402234930430

Australia: 131114

Austria: 142; for children and young people, 147

Belgium: 106

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05

Botswana: 3911270

Brazil: 188 for the CVV National Association

Canada: 1.833.456.4566, 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)

Croatia: 014833888

Denmark: +4570201201

Egypt: 7621602

Estonia: 3726558088; in Russian 3726555688

Finland: 010 195 202

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Holland: 09000767

Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000

Hungary: 116123

India: 8888817666

Ireland: +4408457909090

Italy: 800860022

Japan: +810352869090

Mexico: 5255102550

New Zealand: 0800543354

Norway: +4781533300

Philippines: 028969191

Poland: 5270000

Portugal: 21 854 07 40/8 . 96 898 21 50

Russia: 0078202577577

Spain: 914590050

South Africa: 0514445691

Sweden: 46317112400

Switzerland: 143

United Kingdom: 08457909090

USA: 18002738255

Veterans’ Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255/ text 838255

Sourced from Internationl bipolar foundation’s website https://ibpf.org/resource/list-international-suicide-hotlines

World Suicide Prevention Day


Ann-Marie D'Arcy-Sharpe

I am 32 years old. I live in Glasgow, Scotland UK with my husband and lots of lovely pets. I battle with Bipolar Disorder, fibromyalgia and arthritis. You can find my YouTube Channel here and you can also follow me on Twitter, here.


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D'Arcy-Sharpe, A. (2019). World Suicide Prevention Day. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 14, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-journey/2019/09/world-suicide-prevention-day/

 

Last updated: 10 Sep 2019
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