Today, (6/5/2018) fashion designer, Kate Spade, was found dead by a housekeeper. It is said to be an apparent suicide. She became a household name for her beautiful clothing, jewelry, and handbags. Many social sites and celebrities outpoured their condolences, and concern throughout social media for her and her family. No other details have been released in regards to her sudden death, but it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss suicide in our society and community.
Suicide, as most mental health topics, is a seemingly taboo issue. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, men are 3.53 times more likely than women to actually commit suicide, but they have been on the rise since 2010.
There aren’t many feelings worse than being pushed to the edge of feeling like there is no hope for anything better. But if I could share anything to someone who does feel like they have reached their breaking point, it would be that you are not alone. This one moment in time, is just that, a MOMENT. And if you are still living in this moment, it means that you still have purpose to be here.
I wanted to share just a few tips if you are having these feelings that may help you cope:
1. Reach out and speak to a professional or trusted, sound person.
2. Try to feel and work through every emotion by journaling and meditation. There are some good apps and YouTube for guided meditations.
3. Listen to some positive music.
4. So something you enjoy; workout, paint, watch your favorite movie, go to your favorite restaurant.
5. DO NOT stay in isolation. Isolation will only make things worse.
I am NOT a licensed professional, but I am just sharing tips that I know have worked for some who have experienced these same feelings. We have to continue these conversations, and continue to spread awareness around these issues. Saw this quote today, that I find appropriate for this conversation. “When you’re in a dark place, sometimes you tend to think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted. BLOOM”
If these feelings persist, please contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.