My Thoughts.. | February 28, 2020🌹
It is with hope when I speak or write a post about Suicide that the information makes a difference.
I have learned that the language I use, are my thoughts and feelings, because of my truth. I own my breath and the message I write are my thoughts put on paper. I am responsible for my thoughts and how I present my message.
It is always with My truth that I write and that is what I am responsible for. I have learned that how I talk about Suicide #MakesADifference:
Language is the key, words that we use to express an emotion or action. We are learning to understand and to be without judgment.
When I write about suicide or suicide-related behaviors, with the language I choose I hope that it is with ease, that helps to avoid stigmatization and shame. I choose specific words because of a conversation I had with Quinnton’s three children when he died.
I use actual words when it comes to his manner of death, although we may never know why he died by his choosing, it is with choice that I speak my truth as I know it, to his children.
I use words so as not to incite hope in the children of his pending return. I use words like, Quinnton died” and not “We lost Quinnton”. I used the word “Lost” in front of his two older children and to a child, when we lose something, we eventually find it or in this case, the loss of Quinnton meant he will return. I exclude words such as “committed”, or “successful suicide”, I instead use terms such as “Died by Suicide”, or “Died by that act of Suicide”.
My thoughts on Suicide Prevention is by addressing the stigma of suicide and mental illness. That no matter how long a person has suffered, or how alone they may feel, they know they are not alone and by working together and having built trust, we can work together no matter who “We” are and we can help those in need.
My mind goes back to that fateful day in October, my mind wanders to that place where Quinnton took his last breath, how he took a deep breath and jumped until there was no give. How cold and alone he was and that is the image that drives me to this day.
I implore You if you are reading this, and you feel you are alone in this world. Please know that you are NOT ALONE. That when you take a deep breath and watch your chest rise and fall with each thought, you are wanted, you are needed and Your story does not have to end here. You have a gift, albeit it may not be evident right now, but you have something wonderful and beautiful to offer this world. #YouMatter, #SuicideAwareness #FightForYourLife, #YourStoryIsntOver, #IWontBeQuiet,