Suicide Prevention: You Are Strong and You Are Not Alone

Mental Health: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Welcome to the Explore Your Fitness podcast. My name’s Jason Blevins, and I want to thank you for putting my voice in your ears for a few minutes.

If you’ve listened to this podcast in the past, you know most of my episodes were interviews with fitness experts that lasted usually somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Moving forward, I still plan on having interviews but in addition to coaches, I’m also going to be bringing on the experts behind new companies that are changing the future of fitness. Companies like Athletigen who use your DNA to show you how to eat and train better or Virta who’s mission is to reverse type 2 diabetes by repairing metabolic health through focusing on carbohydrate intake and nutritional ketosis. But in addition interviews, future episodes might be centered on motivation, how-to tips, or something like today’s episode, which I guess you could call a public service announcement.

So, to kick this off, let me ask you this: what does fitness mean to you?

Whatever your answer is, it’s probably different now than it was when you were younger, and it will probably change a few more times as you age.

No matter how you define fitness, no matter your goals, we all want the drive and ability to live life to the fullest. Because when you lose your drive or ability to do the things you love, you don’t feel alive.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

And although I’m not an expert or someone who’s lost a loved one in this way, I do have the opportunity to help raise awareness through Explore Your Fitness.

I feel like depression affects us all at times on some level. And no matter how hard it gets, you should know there’s nothing to be ashamed of, this doesn’t define you, you have the strength to get better, and you are not alone.

Please look at the resources below. They can help you or a loved one when times get tough:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1(800)-273-8255

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide by Tim Ferriss

“In this post, I’m going to talk about suicide, and why I’m still on this planet. These are stories I’ve kept secret from my family, girlfriends, and closest friends for years. Recently, however, I had an experience that shook me — woke me up — and I decided that it was time to share it all.” ~TF

Thank you so much for listening. If you know anyone who could use this information please share this episode or any of the resources listed in the show notes.

I’ll talk to ya again soon. Until then, get out there, have some fun and Explore Your Fitness!

To your health,

Jason

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