I would like to share this true account in the hope that it may just help and inspire others to seek an alternative route as there is always HOPE.
11 years ago, I knew someone suffering from such sever Anxiety that it was consuming every aspect of their daily life.
On the outside they had developed 100’s of coping mechanisms and avoidance strategies to reduce the anxious moments. Yet the more theythingsthey avoided and the more new coping strategies they developed the anxiety always found new ways to always take control.
This lead them into depression.
Although they were not aware this was the case and never asked or reached out for help,
As let’s be honest 10-12 years ago MENTAL HEALTH still carried a stigma of not being talked about or approached and even today statistics still show that men are still less likely to omit to needing support.
Until one Day that crunch moment came when they could take no more, they had hit rock bottom they had no energy left to put on the charade to the outside world.
There was no peace no joy in anything no escape
At that point they had only one thought make the Pain stop.
So, they made a plan. (which I will not go into)
Fortunately, in this case there was someone who noticed who witnessed these changes in behaviour.
They were brave enough to step-in to talk and listen and support them
They guided them on a path to finding help and support
They were there as the tough times began as slowly their pain began to unfold.
Listened, when they talked about their fears supported them through this moment.
Accompanied them on their journey of change, Through CBT
So, on this day of suicide prevention I would just like to share this and say to you all
EVERY LIFE MATTERS.
If you are suffering please please Speak out it will be hard to admit that you need help, but we all need help at some point in our lives.
It will be hard and painful and seeking help isn’t weakness it’s strength and courage and you will be better and stronger from this.
Finally should someone reach out to you and admit THEY NEED HELP don’t be afraid you don’t have to be a Doctor or Therapist or trained in any way, just listening could be the difference and then guide that person to where they can find the help and support to see them through this time of ill health, after all that’s what it is.
Thank you for reading this and please feel free to share in the hope that it helps and inspires others to make a different choice.
As for the person referred to in this true story, I can confirm that it did make a difference to them and to the life they lead and enjoy after all I’m typing it to share with you.