April is known to be Fools’ month but our topic today is no joke.
Suicide is a very personal topic hence we don’t like to talk about it. The idea of our loved one suffering so much that they would rather kill themselves sends a shudder down our spines. But maybe if we open the floor to conversations exploring the feelings behind this need to leave this world, we could put an end to the shame that often is a driver to pushing us further to the edge.
The Semi Colon Project is an international drive that provides hope to those who suffer from mental health issues like depression, anxiety and self harm. One is encouraged to tattoo or mark one’s body (more commonly the wrist area) with a semi colon. Our prize sponsors, Janine Binneman Fine Jewellery, have especially designed pieces of Jewellery with semi colons to coincide with the tattoos, “This is our message to all people suffering with their own personal demons and mental health issues. We salute your strength and perseverance.”
We invite you, our readers, to dig deep and share with us your most intimate story.
We want to celebrate your life by giving two lucky readers a silver semi colon ring and a necklace by Janine Binneman Fine Jewellery.
All you have to do to win is
1. Email your #SpeakUpAboutSuicide story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Share this post on Twitter tagging @JanineJewellery and @life_ole. Hashtag #SpeakUpAboutSuicide
4. Comment below where you shared this post.
It’s time to #SpeakUpAboutSuicide.
Winners will be chosen and contacted on 6 May 2016.
Winners must reside in South Africa.
Winning stories (*Names may be omitted) will be published on Our Lived Experience on 8 May 2016.