The Importance of Suicide Awareness 

So with September being Suicide Awareness month. Something that has unfortunately been accustomed to my life with serving in the military overseas and with friends back home. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. To remind them that they are not alone! 

My goal is to make a difference and show support by donating to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Help make a difference by donating to Suicide Awareness Month

Keeping your eyes, ears, and heart open to the people in your life is so important. Sure, we all have things going on in our lives, but not everyone feels that they can handle it. Some people feel that they’re not strong enough to go on, and they begin to feel like they’re no longer needed on this planet.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Everyone has the strength in them to make it through tough times, some people just need help to get that strength out of them. This is why it’s so important that we all listen to each other and help each other out.

It’s devastating how many people have felt that the only way out was to end their own life. It’s devastating that these people could have been saved. It’s devastating that they could still be here right now had they had gotten help.

It’s a sensitive topic that a lot of people are not willing to discuss. And not necessarily everyone who is in trouble cries out for help. What’s important is that we listen to the people that ask for help, and keep our eyes open for those who seem to need a friend. Sometimes all it takes is telling someone, whether you’re close or not, that you’re there for them. Sometimes that’s all that someone needs to hear.

Being aware of how many people have committed suicide is important, and so is preventing others from feeling that suicide is the only option. 

Once again please show your support 🎗 by donating to my GoFundMe page by clicking on the hyperlink! 

Why you should volunteer more

Many of us were blessed with such a beautiful life. A roof over our head, food on the table everyday, and an education to better our lives.  And we take it for granted! Not everyone can be that lucky.  Some have none of those things at all.  Now I don’t know about everyone else but god certainly did not put me on this planet to just stand by and watch others struggle, while I live a rich and healthy life.

When I was in Barcelona and Madrid I noticed that there were many homeless men and women.  So every morning I went and got 20 – 1 Euro coins and as I would walk around touring the cities I would hand a Euro or two out to those in need on the street begging for help.  One day one of the older woman I was touring with asked me “why do I do that?” I was shocked.  I didn’t know what to say.  Not because I wasn’t sure why or lost for words but because this woman was questioning why I was helping others..  It blew my mind that there are people out there that think like that. That they are above everyone else.

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The reason to volunteer isn’t to get rewarded or a pat on the back.  For me I want to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.  If I can change someone’s day and make them smile, that is my reward!  You never know how much something so small can mean the world to someone. Who knows you might be the reason they survive another day.  Whether its bathing dogs at the shelter, sitting down and talking with the homeless, feeding the poor, or building homes for families in Haiti. Knowing you made a positive impact on someone is the greatest feeling ever!

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. You’re not paid in money or recognition, you’re paid in love.  People may forget what you said or what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel. Get out there and be that difference! Whether its volunteering at soup kitchen, abroad in a foreign country, or just a random act of kindness it goes a long way!

“Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean”

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