I'm a strong woman I don't sit around Feeling sorry for myself Nor let people mistreat me. I don't respond to people who dictate to me or try to bring me down.if I fall I rise up stronger bcoz I'm a survivor not a victim. (Haha at-least thats wat i tell myself)
Its bright and early here at Fort Lee. Today we'll be doing a run involving every Soldier in the battalion. For those of you who don't know September 10-16, 2017 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The purpose of todays run is to help raise awareness for Suicide Prevention as well as the Army's SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention) program. Did you know that its estimated that 22 Veterans a day take their lives? Thats 22 too many. Just 1 person alone is way too many.
Losing someone, especially to suicide, is extremely painful. Its hard to move on at times. You keep thinking "what could I have done more of to help them?", "why didn't they tell me what was going on?", "why did they do this?", all those questions running through your head.
Suicide prevention is a topic that hits home with me. Over the course of the years I've had a lot of really close friends take their lives. Last year alone 3 of my friends committed suicide within 2 months. A few years ago I got the semi colon tattooed on my left wrist. For those who don't know, the semi colon project is based on raising awareness for those who have experienced it or know someone who has dealt with suicide, depression, anxiety, and addiction. I've met a few people who have the same tattoo and its a sense of closeness you get with the person. Because you know they understand the hurt and what the semi colon stands for. In general the tattoo brings people together.
So if you or anyone you know is thinking about suicide the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Its available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They have an online chat as well. If you are concerned for someone or even for yourself then please say something, talk to someone, do something before its too late. I know how badly it hurts losing someone, I know a lot of other people do too, and I don't want anyone else losing someone thats close to them. Purple and turquoise are the colors for National Suicide Prevention week.