September is National Suicide Awareness Month. As many of you know, I've struggled with mental illness for many many years. But most of you don't know the full story. Even after this you won't. But talking about my mental health struggles had made me feel more comfortable reaching out and asking for help.
On September 17, 2016, I attempted to take my own life. I won't say how, or why, because those details aren't very important right now. I was in a bad place, and felt it was my only option. What I didn't know, was that by hurting myself, I was hurting everyone I knew and everyone I loved. I'm sad to say that this was neither my first nor my last attempt. That day was an awful day, and if I could take back what I had done, I would. But I can't. So I can only grow stronger from what's happened. But what I can say, from pure joy, is that today celebrates one year of being self harm free, something that seemed impossible to accomplish. I've grow a lot since last September, and I've had a few setbacks, but I'm only getting stronger. I regret what I've done, but if I hadn't, I wouldn't have gotten all the proper help I needed to get better. I encourage anyone with these thoughts to reach out to a hotline by text or phone; Text @ 741-741 or Call @ 1-800-273-8255
I've grown a lot since last year, and I'm proud of how far I've come, and eternally grateful for those who have stuck by my side through it all ❤ #SuicideAwarenessMonth #EndStigma