This Is the Face of What a Suicidal Person Looks Like:

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and I often hear people tell me ”I don’t look like I tried to commit suicide.” How does that person look?

Just because I have on makeup or fix my hair, means I can’t think about ending my life?

Life is hard on all of us, especially those of us who suffer from some type of mental illness.

We have good days, bad days, ok days, and days we just don’t give a shit.

There are days we feel life is worth living, then other days we don’t.

Just because I mask it well, doesn’t mean I don’t have those awful thoughts.

I want you all to take this month to listen to that loved one who is going through something.

Don’t let the makeup, hair, clothes, or lies fool you.

Suicide can affect many people no matter their income, color, gender, or where they live.

Get educated, know the signs!

If someone is distant, pushing you away, wants to be alone, and no longer participating in outings. Check on them, love them, hear them out!

Don’t judge, shame, or guilt them into seeing life your way, believe me, it doesn’t work like you think.

Care for them, believe them, let them know you will always be there.

Suicide can be prevented and recovery is possible, I have managed to survive several attempts and no longer have those thoughts. Lucky me!

So remember this IS the face of a suicidal person, don’t let the mask fool you!

Olivia (suicide survivor)💚


Published by Olivia B. Shepherd

Welcome, My name is Olivia Shepherd, and I am the founder of this awesome blog about depression and mental illness. I started this blog in 2016 after being diagnosed with Major Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I didn't have anybody to talk too or share my feelings with, so I decided to share them publicly to help others. I'm passionate and dedicated to bringing awareness about mental health, especially in the African American community. I also want to empower your voice to speak up and fight the stigma surrounding this illness. I’m also the founder of AshesToBeauty Mentoring & Outreach, a virtual online service dedicated to to the positive development and accelerated recovery of girls and women who have experienced abuse and depression, Ashes To Beauty strives to empower women to take their lives back by providing life skill education, one-on-one mentorship and impactful personal tools by which these impacted women can build the foundation for a successful future. Look forward to having you read my blog, 𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭 💋

8 thoughts on “This Is the Face of What a Suicidal Person Looks Like:

  1. I love this. People will think that you aren’t going through something because you look “happy” and that really gets to me. It is so important to know and notice the signs of a friend/ family member struggling. Really great advice in this. You also look absolutely beautiful. xx

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  2. I loved this post and it’s something very close to my heart. It’s something that I can relate to, but not many people know that about me and I imagine a lot of people who know me would be shocked to find out that I’ve tried to take my own life. It shows how important it is to realise that you often don’t know what someone else is going through.

    Alice //

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    1. My thoughts exactly, everyone saw the hair and makeup!!! But behind all that was a dark soul who wanted to die! Thanks for reading!

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  3. I think this is a such an important post for everyone to read! One of my very good friends has suffered quite badly with her mental health and when it all first happened, I was shocked but it opened my eyes to understand the difference between how you look and how you feel!

    Ellyn xx | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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    1. The best thing you can do for her is to be educated on mental health issues. Thanks for reading😊Best Wishes to your friend!


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