“Throughout all my discussion with friends it’s become painfully clear that we all struggle, just on different levels.
Having suicidal thoughts does not mean you want to die, from everything I understand about it – it means you want to be free of pain, and that’s the only thing your mind can make sense of at that time.
Instead of thinking we have anxiety and/or depression, I like to think that we are simply going through it like the weather. It’s a storm that will pass, and it’s a daily practice that starts with talking about it, identifying an underlying issue, and taking measures to counter it.
It’s the hardest thing to think positively during such a dark time, but I highly encourage anyone in that state to listen to stories of those who attempted suicide, regretted it, and overcame it. These people are so empowering as they can speak from experience, and they know just how much people need to hear what they have to say.
You absolutely can get better, and you’re definitely not alone. There’s light at the end of the tunnel and it’s on us to continue to believe, reach out for help, and put in the work daily to restore our mental health.”
– Pavel Barber, hockey instructor, stickhandling specialist, youtuber, and social media influencer, and HeadsUpGuys Champion