Suicide Prevention Month

I’ve been reflecting on the several times I attempted to take my life, and remember people telling me to ”pray it away”, ”snap out of it”, or ”get over it, because black people don’t kill themselves”

🤷🏽‍♀️Silly me, for thinking I could actually talk to people who didn’t understand a damn thing about how mental illness works!

Suicide is suicide period…

Me having these thoughts, didn’t mean I didn’t trust God either! Stop 🚫 minimizing how people feel and judging them!

Yes….

I had a nice home
Nice car
Beautiful clothes
A successful business
A good husband
A good kid
Wonderful friends
Good family

None…

Of this matters, when your brain 🧠 doesn’t function at all, you only hear those evil voices in your head that constantly nag at you telling you how much of a failure you are, how stupid you are, how much of a burden you are!!! You can’t escape these thoughts overnight; you can’t just pray these thoughts away; you just can’t snap out of it!!!!

I no longer believe these thoughts as much as I use to, and I thank God for actually seeking the help I so badly needed!

So I ask you, to go check on your strong friend, cousin, neighbor, church member, and/or loved one! Millions of us suffer in silence; millions of us have money, look pretty, drive nice cars, live in beautiful houses, and run successful businesses.

Don’t get the misconception that we are good; we just get better a masking the pain we feel in our brains really well.

Although some of you may never understand why people like myself feel or think about ending our lives, don’t judge us for it!

Educate yourself, listen to your loved ones, be there for them!
Suicide isn’t a crazy person disease; it’s an illness that can affect just about anyone!!

It affected me 🤷🏽‍♀️daughter, sister, mom, wife, business owner, friend…suicide doesn’t discriminate.

If you are looking for someone to speak to about your loved one or even for yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Mental Health provider in your state, contact the Suicide Hotline, or reach out to me!!!

Know the facts; you can’t acknowledge what you don’t confront!

Olivia
Mental Health Advocate
(suicide attempt survivor)

💌 olivia@oliviabshepherd.org
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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 💋

10 thoughts on “Suicide Prevention Month

    1. 🎉🎉🙌🏾🙌🏾When is it? Are you excited! I love my birthday; I like to think I’m the only one in the world born that day🤦🏾‍♀️🤣

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  1. Thanks for speaking out Olivia with such honesty and courage. I loved your words “Does Not Discriminate the most”. It’s so true and I just got a text that concerned me and called right away. Grateful, I could be of support. Bless you! 🙏❤️

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    1. Thank you for reading, and thank you for checking on that person; it will mean so much to them!!! All we need is listening ears and compassion💖

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  2. Thanks for your openness and honesty. With my mental health as well, I had this misconception that I could “pray the illness away.” While I believe in the power of prayer, for sure, sometimes the best answer to prayer is letting God lead one to the help they need.

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