It’s National Suicide Prevention Week. On this occasion, we will repeat that it is important to express yourself when you are not well. That there is much more strength than weakness in asking for help.
It’s even more important to talk about it in times of COVID-19, as containment robs us of some of our coping strategies. When someone is not doing well, they are usually advised to see the people they love or do the activities that make them feel good. Not easy, in the context …
Confine yourself without complaining?
So far in the pandemic, the figures do not show an increase in suicides in Quebec. However, we note that calls to prevention resources have multiplied. According to the speakers, this is a sign that our mutual aid mechanisms have been activated. We take care of each other.
It does not equal, however. These days you hear a lot of people who, arguably exhausted themselves, ask others to stop complaining. Who think they are helping by reminding them that it would be worse to be intubated or to experience a world conflict. We would have to experience boredom, isolation, burnout, the loss of our jobs or the death of our projects and that shouldn’t bother us. We should close it when we eat three meals a day.
However, the opposite must be done.
The pandemic is not a contest. In the end, the dentist won’t give you a toothbrush if you’ve done it right. Horacio will not stick a sticker in the notebook for good students.
If you are not well, do not keep this to yourself. Say it. Don’t wait to think about it being over before telling your loved ones, calling the right place or writing it on Facebook, if that feels good to you. There will be someone to hear from you, that’s for sure.
And those who are disturbed, well, they will go and read something else.