In a world that seems to get busier and more stressful by the day, mental health is a growing concern. Unfortunately, the dark reality of suicide is also increasingly common. That’s why we all need “Sushi Tuesdays” – and the lessons that come with them.
In Toronto, local organizations and community members are coming together to support those struggling with suicide and their loved ones. The initiative is called SUSHI – Survivors United in Sharing Healing and Insight – and it’s all about providing a safe space for people to talk, learn, and heal.
The idea for SUSHI came from a group of volunteers who saw a need for more support after a series of suicides shook the community. They began by hosting potluck dinners and inviting people to come and share their stories. As the idea caught on, SUSHI grew into a regular, monthly event that now includes guest speakers, workshops, and more.
What makes SUSHI different from other mental health initiatives is that it’s focused on bringing people together in person. Because suicide is so often a lonely and isolating experience, connecting with others who understand that pain can be incredibly healing.
One SUSHI regular spoke to CNN about how the events have helped her cope with losing her son to suicide. “I have found a place where I belong,” she said. “It’s a place where I can share the things that are hard to say out loud.”
SUSHI is not a cure, but it’s a step in the right direction. By breaking down the stigma around mental health and suicide, and by giving people a chance to learn from one another, SUSHI provides hope for a future where suicide is preventable and no one has to struggle alone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255, and there are similar resources available around the world. Remember that you are not alone, and that there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.