It is Suicide Prevention Week and the wonderful Cristi from Motherhood Unadorned is presenting a series of posts all week long. I have been moved by so many of the voices who have spoken about their experiences with suicide.
I am honored to join them with my post After the World Stopped Turning
***There is a trigger warning on my post for suicide ideation and stillbirth. Please honor your feelings if you do not feel safe reading***
Why Hasn’t the World Stopped is a post that I originally wrote and published anonymously on Raising My Boychick. The blog owner, the amazing and glorious Arwyn, holds this space for the stories that must be written, but cannot be public. As Cristi so eloquently shared in her recent post on BlogHer, there is a view that suicide is selfish. So, there is a lot of shame when someone has these feelings. It has taken me a hard path of healing to understand that there was nothing shameful about having an illness. And shaming people will keep them from seeking help.
Cristi is not only raising awareness, she’s raising money to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If she reaches her goal, she’ll dye her hair blue. Now, that’s commitment! So, please, if you or someone you know has been affected by mental health issues or suicide consider donating. Thank you.