September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness month.
Mental health conditions such as suicide, are the results of untreated mental illnesses. Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family often shocked and confused. Feelings of shame and stigma can prevent someone from talking openly about their illness.
Mental health is something that is not “mainstream”, however it is something that many people face challenges with finding solutions for.
This month is a time to share stories and resources in effort to raise awareness on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. By providing an opportunity to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.
Life is full of ups and downs, and finding the balance is the most important part, yet sometimes the most challenging.
Drew Hahn, suicide attempt survivor shares his story of overcoming his challenges with seasonal depression and recovering from the suicide trauma. Drew is a suicide attempt survivor who advocates for suicide awareness and prevention. He is currently working for San Diego County as a mental health social worker.
He has been recognized by his community through his work of raising awareness and sharing his message of resilience.
Facebook post from Drew in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month