People are afraid to intervene with someone who is having mental health issues or is in crisis. Sometimes it is fear of the unknown and/or a fear of not knowing how to help. They do not know what to do or say, so they sometimes do and say nothing. Nothing and silence hurts, destroys, isolates, wounds and shames.
Silence forms a wall between the people who desperately need help and the people who could help. Silence builds a wall between illness and wellness. Silence creates a wall between life and death.
We should not fear helping people who have mental illness or are suicidal, we should fear what happens if we don’t help them. The lack of doing and saying nothing is not working. We need to help, We need to care. We need to love and support others. We need to talk about it. We need to listen.
We need to make beautiful noises. The silence is too loud. ~Susan Walz
The Wall of Silence
The wall of silence trembles ferociously as it cries out in pain
and no one comes,
no one answers,
no one sees,
no one cares.
The wall of silence shakes incessantly as it is shamed
from the stares,
and the glares,
and the cruelty of their silent words.
The wall of silence
The wall of silence prevents
Tear down the wall of silence by
talking about suicide and mental health issues,
sharing your story,
listening to others,
supporting and caring,
and accepting and loving EVERYONE.
~written by Susan Walz
Tear down the walls of silence by reducing the stigma of mental illness and suicide.
One conversation can change a life.
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