I hope most of you out there know that today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day dedicated to let everyone who is dealing with thoughts of suicide to know that You are NOT alone.
Some of you may know that I have dealt with depression and thoughts of suicide for a good deal of my adolescence and well into my adult life. So this will always be a type of “hot topic” for me. I credit a good deal of my recovery process to reading and writing.
While I was trying to escape my own personal world of troubles and anxiety, I found refuge in many different worlds, including some where the main characters were in their own worlds of troubles. That may sound weird right? Reading books about the same things I was trying to escape out in the real world but it helped. I didn’t feel alone anymore. I didn’t feel lost anymore. I felt…like I found a place where I truly belonged.
So today, for World Suicide Prevention Day, I have made a list of 5 books dealing with suicide and mental health that will definitely change your views of the subject.
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
If you or anyone you know is thinking about suicide please contact anyone on this list, including me.
Los Angeles Crisis Hotlines:
-L.A. Co. Mental Health/Crisis Line……..800-854-7771
-Suicide Prevention Center (24 Hours)…….213-381-5111
-Suicide Prevention Crisis Center…….310-391-1253 (24 Hours)
-California Youth Crisis Line……….800-843-5200
National Crisis Hotlines:
-National Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-448-4663
-SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) 1-800-DONT-CUT, 1-800-366-8288
-Youth Crisis Hotline: Crisis hotline and information & referral for runaways or youth in crisis 1-800-HIT-HOME, 1-800-448-4663
-National Mental Health Assn. Provides free information on specific disorders, referral directory to mental health providers, national directory of local mental health associations 1-800-969-6642 (M-F, 9-5 EST)
-National Institute of Mental Health Information Line: Provides information and literature on mental illness by disorder-for professionals and general public. 1-800-647-2642
CLICK HERE for a complete list of Crisis Hotlines
Trust me, you’re not alone.