S.A.V.E. – Suicide Awareness, Voices of Educationsave.org
When I began blogging and writing articles online or for print media, I started off as a fictional, creative writer with the aim of letting my mind run free. I used and still use my blogs as sites for showcasing my creative story-writing side but recently my writing has expanded into other uses of writing, particularly activism. While I was on the path of becoming a better writer, I met, conversed, exchanged ideas with numerous brilliant writers from all over the world. They showed me that our words, even written can be used to showcase a bigger message and reach places which we never thought as writing falls under artivism. A friend of mine once told me that he wrote a blog as a joke which ended up in 36 countries world wide and people even thanked him for his piece as it made their coming out experience be less painful because they saw what another person went through. Writing can capture things that words sometimes cannot express right.
By June 2016, I decided to learn more about the use of words in sharing awareness and messages and have since wrote dozens of blogs and articles pertaining mental health, drug use, racism and anxiety. The reason why I wrote this blog today was because I decided to share the following pieces with the world, for those whom haven’t seen them yet. Last August, Tino and I decided to write a couple of blogs to spread awareness about suicide including the reasons why some people commit it. We focused on four key issues we saw most relevant as causes of suicide in youth and young adults, deciding to write up four stories, as well as four poems at the end of the stories just to wrap it all up. These four stories were released on our blog sites each of the last four Fridays and now I bring to you the summary. The links to the blogs are below if you haven’t read them, which I would advice before you get onto the last bit of this post.
Spoiler Alert: ALL OF THESE STORIES END IN SUICIDE, so viewer discretion is advised.
Suicide can be prevented. What we were trying to point out, is that sometimes doing something different, appreciating someone, being nicer and more understanding can be the difference between life and death. There are fine margins in life, in everything; gambling, investing, definition of sex and also life & death. Even though suicide is a complex mental health issue, with the right coordination and cooperation, it can be tackled successfully. If you don’t know what to do or how to notice anyone going through depression, visit this site -> https://save.org/about-suicide/preventing-suicide/