September 10th is my birthday and is also National Suicide Awareness Day. For many years, I didn't believe I was suppose to live, or to love or to be loved. God saved me after attempting to end my life when I was 15 because I was supposed to live that day. According to the World Health Organization, someone around the globe dies by suicide every 40 seconds.
Back in 2007, I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and it totally took over my life. The journey in rehab was a long road to recovery, but now I have the tools and resources to manage a healthy balanced life. Today, being a Mental Health Advocate is extremely important to me because I believe the only way we’re going to remove the judgment, stigmas and discrimination is by spreading awareness.
To help combat this global challenge, I use my platform, my published books, my talk show and my facilitated workshops to help spread awareness for all those who are struggling with mental distress.
“Creating Hope Through Action” is the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day. This serves as a powerful reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and that through our actions we can encourage healing and hope. For my birthday, please help me reach my fundraising goal of $10,000 to continue this much needed work. Any contribution, big or small is greatly appreciated.