There are days when I mourn her loss, though I never really knew her at all. What I want most is to love her. And what I’m truly mourning I think, is my failure and inability to truly see her, acknowledge her, console her, wrap her up in my arms and love her, encourage her, and help her grow to see safety in the world around her so that she can become the best she can be.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. What is World Suicide Prevention Day? According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) website, it “is an opportunity for all sectors of the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those bereaved by suicide, other interested groups and individuals – to join with [them] to focus public attention on the needs of people at risk of suicide, suicide attempt survivors and people bereaved by suicide, with diverse activities to promote an understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.” This site is jam-packed with
Today is World Mental Health Day. Not unlike any other day, I was poking around the internet-sphere in search of comforting, explanatory, or otherwise related information on things I struggle with – mental health overall, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, and so on. I came upon this blog post and am reblogging because it is both uber-relatable and a good read. Much thanks to its author. Love & Light, M.A.Young There Ain’t No Atlas. If you’re reading this on your phone, I suggest turning it on its side and reading it that way because it looks better and is much more
About six months ago I found and started listening to these sleep subliminal sessions on YouTube, published by a Thomas Hall (a hypnotherapist in the UK). At the time my anxiety and depression were peaking pretty high and I was feeling really desperate. I’ve been off meds for quite some time now — maybe close to two years? Largely in part due to lack of health insurance. Anyway, having just recently gotten some health insurance again, I looked into getting back to therapy. I contacted literally every mental health practice listed in the approved providers database and guess what? Not
This morning my middle child – a senior in high school – broke down in the car before school. She’s stressed, overwhelmed and basically scared of the unknown after high school. Her entire educational career she has literally been a straight A student. I don’t think she has *ever* brought home a grade lower than a 92 on a report card. Tears streaming down her face, she says she just wants to fail school. She is stressed over everything — all the projects for school, college applications, financial aid processes, the seeming permanence of having to choose a career path.