Hayley Williams offers hope on World Suicide Prevention Day
Paramore's Hayley Williams shared a hopeful message on mental health for World Suicide Prevention Day, the singer posting a series of tweets that detail her own struggle with depression and a desire to overcome the disorder.
"yesterday was #WorldSuicidePreventionDay," Williams tweeted. "really I just wanna say that when my mind was super dark and hopeless, there was a part of me that felt safe being cynical & shut down. im trying to get healthier now..."
The tweets Wednesday came on the heels of this week's annual World Suicide Prevention Day, an awareness day observed every September in order to provide worldwide commitment and action in preventing suicides.
And while the special day spurred the singer to post the positive mental health message for her many Twitter followers, she earlier recalled a PARAHOY! cruise breaking point that caught her reflecting on some somber situations.
She told The Tennessean that she only "physically and emotionally survived" her recent hardships "because of music and because of my friendships. It kind of remained a very heavy truth for me the next few years."
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:
- MentalHealth.gov - Get Immediate Help
- ImAlive - Online Crisis Network
- International Association For Suicide Prevention - Resources
- The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America
- The National Alliance On Mental Illness
- American Psychiatric Association - Finding Help
- National Institute Of Mental Health
- American Psychological Association - Psychologist locator