Reasons to stay. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

Today is World Suicide Prevention day. A day that encourages us all to take a moment, pause and reflect on the world around us. When suffering with your mental health, it can he difficult to see the forest for the trees. It is important to create some perspective, to try and shift our mindset to a healthier outlook on life. Don’t get me wrong, I know that it isn’t easy and often times, things feel a lot deeper than this. However, I do think it is a step in the right direction.

Today, I want to focus reasons to stay alive, to keep going and see the beauty in this world.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the little things that make our world beautiful:

  • Crisp autumn mornings
  • Comforting cups of tea
  • Travelling to a new place
  • Hearing a song you love
  • Laughing so hard you cry!
  • Suggling up on a couch with a loved one
  • Puppies!
  • Hugs and kisses
  • Funny memes
  • Good people
  • Cat videos
  • Feeling sunshine grace your skin
  • Breathing in fresh countryside air
  • Cute old couples who are still madly in love
  • Getting lost in a good book
  • Connecting with another human being

  • Dancing like nobody is watching
  • Making someone laugh
  • Vacations & holidays
  • Feeling close to someone
  • Helping others
  • Love!
  • Random acts of kindness
  • Meeting new people who “get” us
  • When your pet is happy to see you!
  • Looking up at the stars
  • Holding hands
  • Feel-good tv shows
  • Seeing your favourite band perform live
  • Wearing an outfit that makes you feel good
  • Staying up all night having deep conversations about life
  • Picking up the phone and hearing the voice of someone you love
  • The ocean and it’s wonders
  • Witnessing the beauty of nature
  • The vastness of the universe

  • Getting outdoors and exploring
  • Happy memories
  • Technology
  • The fact that his lovely video exists (It’s pure joy!)
  • Sleeping on clean bedding
  • Getting a good nights rest
  • Eating your favourite food
  • Taking a long hot shower
  • Going to the cinema
  • The amazement that we can see the moon from our living rooms
  • This 5 Year old Superhero who’s dreams came true
  • Receiving a handwritten letter in the post
  • Visiting a friend, for tea and a chat
  • Cute, random texts from people
  • Art! Poetry! Film! Theater!
  • Signing along to a song at the top of your lungs

  • Hearing a child laugh
  • Watching a hilarious comedy
  • Good things happening to those you love
  • Good things that have happened/will happen to you
  • Everyday, small things you do with loved ones
  • Sunrises and sunsets
  • Snow! Sunshine! Rain!
  • Rick & Morty
  • Chocolate
  • Making something with your own hands
  • Accomplishing goals, no matter how big or small
  • Dancing in the rain
  • The fact that anything is possible
  • Dressing up at Halloween
  • A smile from a stranger
  • Cozy evenings by the fire
  • Flowers! Trees! Animals!
  • The astonishment that we live on a globe floating in space!
  • The list goes on and on, my friend! The world is what we make of it.

If you need to talk to somebody about how you are feeling, please do. There is nothing to be ashamed of. We are humans, we are capable of compassion, love and understanding.

There will always be someone to listen. There are always reasons to stay.

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