Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
Suicidal thoughts most often occur when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Those suffering from suicidal thoughts often feel alone and isolated.
While no single person or organization can prevent suicide, it often takes one small action to make a difference in a person’s life. Reaching out and ensuring those suffering know there is a support system and that they’re not alone is the first step to opening a dialogue. While many suffering from suicidal thoughts will believe the world is up against them, sometimes the best solution is a four-legged friend.
It may seem silly but pet therapy is a very real phenomenon (and it’s surprisingly easy to qualify). While your pet doesn’t need to be expertly trained in being an aide (it does help) just about any pet can offer those suffering from suicidal thoughts some clarity. Pet therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also increase self-esteem and improve social skills.
Sometimes a good reminder that you’re appreciated from a dog or a cat is all we need to remember we’re an incredible individual worthy of love.
Suffering from suicidal thoughts or worried about someone in your life? You’re not alone. There are people who can help: https://www.samaritans.org http://www.sane.org.uk https://papyrus-uk.org https://www.mind.org.uk
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