"We are one.”
It's a simple statement, but the gravity behind the message has rippling effects. Yesterday was National Physician Suicide Awareness Day and the week prior was National Suicide Prevention Week. I want to share my thoughts on this devastating issue. Many of our friends, colleagues, loved ones and closest companions are struggling with a battle we might never know about. It's so easy to get so caught up in school or work that you forget to take care of yourself. Your days begin to overlap, you wake up, begrudgingly approaching your day; you forget to eat and enjoy life. It's so easy to feel alone in those situations — isolation and solitude are welcoming. We cannot isolate ourselves during those times. Beyond that, we must constantly check on our friends, family members, and classmates. I want to challenge all of us to tackle this issue, together. Check on your loved ones. Make sure your classmates are doing okay. A simple question like "hey, how are YOU doing?" can go a long way. Keep a line of communication open with others around you, because you never know what someone else is going through right now.
If you feel alone or isolated and don't feel like yourself, please reach out to family members, trusted officials, friends, or medical personnel. I'm always here to listen, also.
If you feel like you want to support and take this challenge, post about it and share your ideas. Together we can do so much. I'm here for all of you. #WeAreOne Much love.