Today marks the first episode of the "Mental Health Monday" portion of my podcast, "Riggs Off The Radio."
First of all, if you're reading this blog - KUDOS. I didn't think anyone was reading this, honestly. Second of all - some insight as to WHY I decided to start this Mental Health Monday podcast.
I lost my Uncle to suicide in July of 2017. It was a shock to my whole family. How could this happen? WHY? He was always the life of the party. He was always wondering how YOU were doing, even if he got the greatest job promotion ever - he downplayed his successes to know how YOU were doing. He always cared about other people.
When we lost him, it took a toll on our family. Mostly because many of our family members were (and still are) in complete denial about his death. They won't accept that he died from suicide.
Had he been in a car accident, they would have talked about it. Had he fallen down the stairs and broken his neck, they would have talked about it. Had he died from CANCER, they would have talked about it. But the stigma surrounding suicide doesn't let these family members come to terms with his death. It only creates a bigger divide and breeds hostility and anger towards everyone in the family eventually.
My hope in talking about suicide and mental health is to bring it into the light and out of the darkness. I hope that no other family has to bury someone because they died by their own hand. And if they do, and they did everything they could to help them, they can at least talk about it openly and honestly. The suicide rates are on the rise, and we can only change the course if we are honest with one another.
So this has become my mission. Mental health. Suicide prevention. In the words of Logic "I want you to be alive, I want you to be alive. You don't gotta die today. You don't gotta die."