In the U.S., September 7 through 13 is National Suicide Prevention Week. I wanted to write something new for this but I haven’t been feeling well lately due to my neuromuscular autoimmune disease, myasthenia gravis. Instead, I’m sharing an article I wrote last year for the White House’s mental health website called, “Three Words Everyone with Mental Illness Should Know.” You can read it here. In it, I talk about how I receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at 18 after a friend’s suicide. Additionally, MSNBC did a short mental health documentary on my life–you can watch it here. I talk about coping tools I use for living with depression.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please ask for help.
In the U.S. the National Suicide Hotline is:
1 (800) 273-8255
You can find more resources on their website at: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org The U.S hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can get help in English or in Spanish.
I’d write more but my body doesn’t feel well.
–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno