September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
A message from our Executive Director…
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse Friends and Community,
This month kicks off Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This awareness I hold very close to my heart.
I was one of them. For many years, my “hearing” counselors could not understand what I was struggling with or why. I struggled with why I was sexually abused for many years as a child. I struggled with my identity. Am I deaf or Deaf? Am I deaf & dumb, hearing impaired, a hearing person, or hard of hearing? There were so many labels and I was confused by which label fit me. I had communication and culture barriers growing up into my adult years. For many years, I suffered alone, in my little dark world. 25 years ago, I tried to take my life. Today, I am living proof, that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel. There is.
Spreading the awareness of Suicide Prevention is essential. Mental illness affects a lot of us. It’s vital we talk (whether it be through signing or verbal) about suicide. I’m not ashamed I tried because I know I am not alone in this struggle. I know I am not the only person who tried. 3,900 people with hearing loss die by suicide every year in Iowa. 98% of individuals with hearing loss do not get proper treatment due to culture and communication barriers. We need to be the light for those who are struggling in the dark.
Please join me in spreading the awareness of Suicide Prevention. You could help save one life. At DIAA, we have several events to bring awareness to suicide prevention. We hope you can join one or all of these events.
- Friday, September 14th: A Night of Yoga in Cedar Rapids
- Saturday, September 15th: Yoga Morning in Des Moines
- Friday, September 21st: Suicide Awareness Tattoo Event in Cedar Rapids
- Friday, September 28th: HOPE Group Paint Night in Cedar Rapids
For more information about these events, please check our Facebook page.
Our slogan is fitting for this month’s awareness.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”
~ Helen Keller ~
As a community, let’s join hands and be the light for those who are struggling in the dark.