All of us have been touched in some way by the crushing effect of emotional illness and the devastation of suicide. I’ve experienced it personally, and via loved ones, all of my life. For too many years this subject has been “taboo”, which only makes it worse. A beautiful and powerful new video just posted quietly last night on the Mormon Channel. It includes my friend Seth who shares his personal story. Seth has become a voice for those suffering with depression, hopelessness and thoughts of ending life. He’s made it OK to talk about it, and shows that this kind of struggle is not a “character flaw”. When the darkness of emotional illness closes in on the mind, even the very best and brightest cannot save themselves.
I’m so grateful that people are finally talking about the subject of mental and emotional illness & becoming educated. And now, the Church is adding a loud and clear voice to help end stigma and save lives.
This new video offers a voice of reason, kindness, & understanding. It is also a plea to reach out and be willing to “sit on the bench” for as long as it takes with someone who is suffering.
We each have the power to be a savior for someone else.
I want to addressed something that was not really included in this video:
No matter how hard we try, sometimes a life is not saved.
When that happens, it is completely devastating for everyone left behind. The pain, guilt and sorrows never end. Lives are shattered. I’ve watched the agony my dearest friend and her children have suffered over the past 9 years after losing her loving husband, and their sweet daddy to suicide.
Please don’t forget about “sitting on the bench” with the survivors! They have already lost so much. They NEED YOU to stay in their lives and help them keep walking one painful step at a time.
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING
You aren’t alone. Please tell someone how you are feeling! Even if you don’t think they care. People care about you and need you more than you know. You won’t feel like this forever. I promise. I know. I’ve been there.
TALK TO SOMEONE YOU TRUST, OR CALL 1-800-273-8255
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING
Shun, judge, pretend you know how they feel, preach, mock, expect anything of them, or ignore them!
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, DON’T SAY ANYTHING! BUT, DON’T LEAVE!
Something kind, serve them, keep offering help, listen to them, talk with them, pray for them, show them that you care, notice them, offer resources, find help, stay actively involved in their life.
“We keep our antennas up. We watch out for each other. We love one another. We leave the judgments, the eternal judgements to our Heavenly Father and to the Lord Jesus Christ who know All Things.” – Elder M. Russell Ballard
LIFE IS OFTEN A VERY LONG, LONELY, AGONIZING ROAD. PLEASE DON’T MAKE SOMEONE STRUGGLING TRY TO WALK IT ALL ALONE.
Uniting together, we can become a powerful force for good to help and save lives! – MoSop