How to Help Prevent Suicide

*Trigger Warning: this post may contain triggers surrounding suicide, suicide loss, suicidal thoughts and self-harm. Please take a minute to read The Sunny Shadow Disclaimer. The exact number of my suicide attempts escapes me. But the number’s irrelevant, all that matters is that I’m still here. Sometimes I still believe that suicide …

Suicide Warning Signs

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. September 5th-11th is National Suicide Prevention Week. And September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. One way you can show your support is by changing your social media profile pictures to a Suicide Prevention & Awareness Ribbon. The American Association of Suicidology and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline both …

My Psychiatrist Says Potato, I Say “Potato”

TRIGGER WARNING: Possible triggers surrounding eating disorders and body image. I walked into my recent psychiatry appointment with mixed feelings. I was looking forward to it because I was overdue and my mood had been quite low. Plus, I wanted to talk to him about my lack of concentration and …

Self-Injury: Not “Just a Teen Thing”

*TRIGGER WARNING: This blog post may contain triggers surrounding self-injury. The first time I turned to self-injury was in middle school. But as an adult going through the most painful time of my life, I returned to it. Self-injury was familiar, so I kept turning to it. Eventually it became a go-to coping …

Creating a Safety Plan

*Trigger Warning: may contain triggers surrounding suicidal thoughts and ideation. In my last post I shared that I’ve been depressed as of late. I also shared that my suicidal ideations have become more pronounced. At this point they’re thoughts that I’m able to redirect. But the red flag that keeps popping …