This post is dedicated to, Emerald Alexis Ann Sinclair.
Keep Rocking, Love you and Miss you!
(10.25.1992 – 05.14.14)
Every year on September 10th, we observe #WorldSuicidePreventionDay to promote and inspire people to take action to prevent suicides. This day gives many different people (Government, Organizations, and individuals) the opportunity to promote the awareness of Suicide, Mental Illnesses and to talk about suicide prevention.
Suicide is something that needs to be addressed more often, many people suffer from the stigma that comes with Mental Health as a whole. Something that struck me the most is that for every 5 people, 1 person will be dealing with a Mental Illness.
Now let’s put that in Winnipeg’s perspective – there are roughly 735,000 people living in Winnipeg. That would mean that 147,000 of Winnipeggers would be affected by a Mental Illness.
Sounds like a lot right? Now let’s try all of Canada. There are roughly 36,000,000 people living in Canada, that would mean that roughly 7,200,000 Canadians are affected by a Mental Illness. The thing that confuses me is since are there so many people affected – why is the Stigma still there?
Suicide is something that affects me personally, maybe you already knew – When I was in grade 11, my beautiful sister Emerald died by Suicide. I fell into a dark tunnel, unable to see the light – not even thinking there was ever going to be light again. Constant thoughts of doing it too kept popping up. I then realized that maybe all my sister wanted for me was to try to stay strong and to enjoy my life. I decided that if I took my life too, then who would be here to share the great stories about my sister, to make sure that her young sons were taken care of, to ensure that her legacy alive by sharing her story.
I then knew that now is the time that I speak up and share both my story and my sisters. I now keep my sisters legacy alive by writing about Mental Health to my audience of over 42 countries and speaking to people all over Canada about staying strong and to keep writing their stories. I know for sure that if my sister could, she would give me a pat on the back. I’m glad that I continue to make her proud and I am thankful that she continues to guide me through my dark times in life.
Something that helped me find the light again was writing, this video is me sharing the story that helped me find my spark, light it and keep it going.
I really hope you enjoyed it, I want to remind everyone that YOU DO MATTER and that things do get better, it might be difficult to believe (Trust me, I understand) it’s not easy to listen to people when they tell you “It get’s better” or “Things are only temporary” and I now know that the best medicine is time. Time fixes everything. All you need to remember is that you are strong and that you can do anything that you believe.