Name the Demon | May 29, 2020 👓

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Name the Demon | May 29, 2020 👓

40 days of what seems to a long journey seems to be insignificant when we know that someone we love is struggling. We can try to continue to hide the fact that Suicide exists, that just means we are building the foundation for the stigmas to continue.
When we name the demon that is stalking our children, our boys and girls, our men and women then we can start to retaliate and start claiming our future back. The demon gets a hold of their minds and when it claims their spirit we have to fight harder to keep our loved here in this realm.
This will not bring my son Quinnton Tom back to this place we call life, I’ve been struggling with and wrestling with the action and the word •Suicide• I remember I too held on to stigmas of suicide, was guilty of sweeping it under the rug, because “Suicide would never touch my life”. Was I wrong, life threw me a fastball, I saw it, I heard it, and by the time I recognized it, it was too late. My life as I knew, changed forever after the act of Suicide claimed my child. Some may relate, others will not, that is acceptable.
What is not acceptable is that we are experiencing unnatural deaths at an alarming rate. What is causing our sons and daughters to get to that place of no return?
How can we as community members, continue to work together and “Stop the Stigma”, How can we “Start Talking”, and “keep talking”. How do we encourage our children to ask for help when we don’t?
This is dedicated to the children who came forward and declared that suicidal thoughts were a part of your life. That either you tried, or your were going to. That “cutting” is a part of who you are.
Wherever you Go, whatever you do know you are not alone.
What ever you are feeling, good bad or indifferent, know you are not alone, you are wanted!
Whatever you hear, either externally or internally, you are loved.
Know that as a child, of any age, it’s okay to talk about how you are feeling, let someone know - find your community champion, someone you can trust and talk to them.
To those who made it to today, we are grateful that you know we will continue to fight for you.
To those who have crossed over to the spirit world, including my child, for all the education I have received in my lifetime - the greatest lessons I have learned, I learned from you.
To all those who are grieving and mourning, we send you are deepest heartfelt condolences, we ask the universe to be kind and gentle to you, today and in the days to come.
To our community champions, you know who you are, Keep doing what you are doing! you matter!

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