As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, it's human nature to think about the people we lost last year. Death is a part of the life cycle, something we must often accept. Death is not, however, acceptable when someone takes their life because they've lost hope. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says,
"Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair."
In the Migraine and Headache community, we see health issues and other stressors weigh heavily on people all too often. Consider how frequently we come across these issues (and more) in both online and offline conversations:
- finding a doctor who understands and knows how to treat Migraine
- trying preventive treatment after preventive treatment looking for one that works
- coping with employers, family members, and friends who don't understand what it takes to live with Migraine, and aren't supportive
- managing the financial burden of Migraine treatment, especially when Migraine is keeping people from being able to work
- living with frequent — or even daily — pain and other symptoms
- facing the social stigma associated with Migraine disease
Is it any wonder that people can begin to lose hope? Part of the Migraine Ninja Oath is to "remain hopeful, steadfast, and determined." As individuals, it's difficult, if not impossible to do that alone. That's why we turn to each other when remaining hopeful gets difficult.
Jeff Ray, a friend of mine, knows what it's like to lose someone close to you to that loss of hope that can lead someone to suicide. When his friend James, took his life, Jeff and some other friends wrote a song and recorded a music video dedicated to suicide prevention. I want to share that video with you, and I hope you'll share it with others. The message of the video is one that Migraine Ninjas share - THERE IS HOPE.