Mental Health Check: Suicide Awareness Month

It’s interesting that Chiari Malformation Month and Suicide Awareness Month go hand and hand.

People see Chiari Malformation as a common thing with an easy fix. People see suicide as the easy way out.

There is nothing easy about either and one can cause the other, but even worse, both can destroy more than the person dealing with it.

In many cases, there is a lot of selfishness surrounding these two things, but it isn’t selfishness from the person struggling through the symptoms of Chiari or the person who wants to end their existence.

While there is so much understanding and patience required of the people on the outside, some can make the situations all about them instead of the person who needs help.

Whether the person who is drowning in their own empty well is you or someone you love, don’t give up.

You matter.

They matter.

If you can’t find the support you need in your own tribe or are feeling overwhelmed, there is support out there.

Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741) if you or someone you know is in crisis.

If you want or need additional information, please visit the NIMH website.

For those who are trying to help, but don’t know where to start.

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