The month of October is devoted to Domestic Violence Prevention in the U.S. You might see people sporting purple ribbons or t-shirts showing solidarity and bringing awareness to this pervasive problem in our society. You might even donate to your local shelter or safety center. While much is known about the impact domestic violence has on adult victims and survivors, it seems that its effects on children is less understood. We see the images of the “battered woman,” bruised and shrinking in fear. We see the stories depicted in television shows, movies, books. Awareness is essential; prevention is necessary. But…what about the kids?
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. It is time to have the courage to tackle the stigma and shame that has been incorrectly associated with mental health. So often people feel (and frequently are) alone in their pain. We generally do not know when others are hurting because no one is talking about it.