Mental health is extremely important for any individual to survive and live a stable life. Although it is a topic often brushed under the carpet, or believed to only exist in one’s mind, it is a pressing problem that must be dealt with sooner rather than later.
As people around the world will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Sep. 10, an Australian charity organization that goes by the name of Movember, is raising awareness about the issue.
With a very apt video, the new heartbreaking campaign depicts the stories of men who overcame their plans of committing suicide by talking about their feelings. It brings to light the fact that sometimes, instead of keeping our feelings bottled up, we must talk about them and definitely not suffer in silence.
The video titled, "Suicide Notes Talk Too Late,” features men reading out suicide notes they wrote several years ago, before moving on to show them currently living regular lives with a family, job, and fulfilling their dreams.
As one man who struggled with mental illness says, “I love you and I’m done,” another reads out from his note “I’m sorry I can’t be the father you want me to be.”
The video is a great step in raising awareness about mental health and a commendable move by the charity organization.
It is about time mental illness is given the importance it deserves, since a large number of people put up a fight within themselves on a daily basis, but are too afraid to speak about them because of the fear they may be scorned.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, each year 42,773 Americans commit suicide and it is the 10th leading cause of death in the country.