I had the pleasure to attend the “Mental Health” Gathering at Saddleback Church in Orange County in March. Pastor Rick Warren and many others gathered to learn and share about many different areas of mental illness. It was an amazing day filled with speakers, as well as a time to remember our loved ones lost to suicide as well.
Today The Warren Family spoke about the suicide of their son Matthew…..check it out♥
Suicide is linked to mental illness, and it is just that, “an illness”. Many people feel disgraced if this is in their family and we need to stop that type of thinking. If your brain is ill, it is usually short circuiting, and we should not treat them as if they have the “plague”!
I understand that many people shy away from it because they just don’t understand it, or they just are not sure what to do. But we need to talk about it, we need to open up the dialogue with our children and our entire families! Talking to someone about suicide does not cause them to commit suicide. However, on the other hand, if we ignore somebody because we know they are struggling, we won’t have the chance to try and save them.
Help me to raise awareness! We can all do it! Don’t lose a loved one of your own before you are willing to just show some kindness and let them know they matter!