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My Birthday Gift and the Subject of Suicide





As I celebrate my 49th birthday, my primary focus isn't on my birthday but on the subject of suicide. It's a common misconception that suicides increase around the holidays, but springtime is actually considered peak season for suicides in the United States.

Recently a friend of mine committed suicide which left my mind numb for several days. I started questioning my website's (Early Mornings with Herman) effectiveness in promoting the cause of Mental Health Awareness.

Although many have commended my efforts towards promoting mental health awareness, I felt that if I couldn't help a friend; then my site was useless. I may never know why she committed suicide but I can relate to the battles she had with bipolar illness. Over the years I have had my share of battles with post-traumatic stress disorder and I can attest that the struggle is definitely real; I attempted to commit suicide once and on several occasions contemplated reattempting my failed attempt.

What was very beneficial to me was obtaining the services of licensed mental health professionals. Also, researching PTSD allowed me to be more involved in my treatment plan as well. It's also very important to research the side effects of psychotropic medicines because some can be very detrimental to your health. 



If you are depressed and thinking about harming yourself or others please provide me with the greatest gift this birthday season and seek help. Also, if you know someone that needs help, reach out to them and encourage them to get help.  God bless, you and I look forward to the big 5-0 next year.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Current Military/Veterans:  use the same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. Hearing impaired  800-799-4889





2 Comments to My Birthday Gift and the Subject of Suicide:

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Victoria on Saturday, February 04, 2017 5:43 PM
I enjoyed your blog
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Herman Thomas on Friday, February 10, 2017 1:14 AM
Thanks for taking the time to read.

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