Thank you to Yvonne Williams Casaus, author of A Drop of Water, for today’s guest post discussing the importance of speaking up for suicide prevention.
September is Suicide Awareness Month. Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide there are many more that have considered or attempted suicide. For every suicide and attempt there are families and friends that have to learn how to overcome the traumatic aftermath.
I am a Therapist and Suicide Loss Survivor. I lost my husband, the father of my children to suicide. The only way to make progress in Suicide Prevention is to raise awareness and end the stigma. There is so much shame associated with Depression and Mental Illness. We need to raise our voice and speak up.
I know I struggled with the shame and stigma of Suicide. I have learned that if I truly want to make a difference, I need to speak up. In sharing my story, I have discovered so many people that have struggled with this. There are so many who have lost someone to suicide and many who struggle with thoughts of suicide themselves. We need to start talking about it.
Depression should not be a secret. Depression is in fact the leading cause of disability worldwide. There are an estimated 350 million people of all ages that suffer from depression. It not only impacts the person suffering from depression, but their family and friends that do not know how to help.
I believe suicides can be prevented because many suicides happen impulsively. It happens in those dark moments of despair or loneliness. What if we could remember that we are all connected? I believe that if a person can hold on for just another moment, they can make it for another hour. Then if they can make to another hour, they can hold on for another day. They can make it out of the darkness and into the light.
There is a way to overcome those dark moments of loneliness and despair. Of the 8 billion species on earth, there are 7.24 billion people of different cultures, ages, and genders. What is the universal link that connects us all? Water. We are a drop of water and we are an ocean of water. It is hard to remember when we are sad and depressed. We feel so lonely or frozen like ice. We get rigid and cold, but even in ice, we are connected. We can all overcome profound tragedy, grief, and depression. We can all learn to support, encourage and heal each other because we are all connected.
So take a shower, take a soothing bath, drink some water, and remember. You are not alone.
If you are struggling with feelings of hopelessness, reach out. Asking for help is a strength.
If you know someone that is struggling, listen and be available in a non-judgmental way.
Most of all remember that we are all connected.
This article was written by Yvonne Williams Casaus, the author of A Drop of Water: A Spiritual Journey.
In this extraordinary book, Yvonne Williams Casaus reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected. It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth.
It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she expresses how she found her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband. In her ability to endure, she found a strength she never knew she had.
A Drop of Water: A Spiritual Journey is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone. Water connects us all.
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About Yvonne Williams Casaus
Yvonne Williams Casaus is a Mom, Wife, Author, Counselor, and Play Therapist. She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She specializes in Depression, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has a private practice in New Mexico and has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over eleven years.
Yvonne’s areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Panic Attacks, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sexual Abuse, Rape, Physical Abuse, Grief, ADHD and other issues. She also specializes in treating traumatized children with issues such as PTSD, Sexual abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.