With any luck you’ve been on the giving and receiving end of a bombardment of “Are you okay’s?” today.
Though the question can become tiresome and the typical “Thanks, I’m fine” response perfunctory, research supports the value of checking in with one another to prevent suffering and self-destructive behaviour.
After all, the worst case scenario may be suicide.
For people struggling with mental illness, suicide can seem like the only way to escape seemingly endless torture.
Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bulimia, bipolar disorder…
Living with these psychiatric conditions isn’t a picnic!
I am, however, a big fan of the following message:
Something to keep in mind on those particularly rotten days.
If you’re feeling suicidal, you can call Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14.
You can find an awesome quote about resisting the urge to throw in the towel here.