A page created to educate, encourage, and support people who have both struggled,past and present, with the acts & aftermath of su***de -
To the loved ones who also suffer from the effects of Su***de.
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[01/16/21] "Peace isn't the absence of problems, it's the presence of purpose." [email protected]
3 Things You MUST 🙌🏽 protect:
👆🏼Protect Your Peace.
If it's costing your peace then it's too expensive.
✌🏽Protect Your Heart.
Everybody doesn't deserve a key to your soul.
🤟🏽Protect Your Energy.
Stop being around people that do nothing but bring stress to your life.
His Reckless love will always chase after you
Stop believing the lies
Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk
Today we want to recognize all the siblings who walk for their siblings. You are loved and you matter. #NationalSiblingsDay
There's nothing wrong with finally putting yourself first.
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Change when things are uncertain is hard. Change that we didn’t choose is harder. Change that has a potential impact on our mental wellness may be the most challenging of all.
The most valuable thing I’ve ever learned about how to navigate change came from a white-water rafting instructor when I was 15 years old. I couldn’t tell you what he looked like, or even who else was in the 6-person raft with me, but I never forgot the lesson, which has helped me at times when I have struggled with my own mental wellness.
It went something like this:
If you are thrown out of the raft when the rapids are rough, your first instinct is going to be to stand up, try to resist the rapids, and do your best to climb back into the raft, which is moving. Don’t. Trying to stand up in rapids increases the likelihood your legs will get stuck on rocks and that you could be seriously injured. The raft is moving and slippery, and you won’t likely get back into it easily, no matter how hard you try. Better to wrap your arms around your life vest (which you are wearing) as if you are hugging it, pull your feet up in front of you, and let the rapids carry you down the river until you are in calmer waters. There you can assess the best way to get to land or to where your raft is, since it may or may not be floating down the river with you. If another rafting group is there and you are both in calmer waters, you can get in their raft. The trained guides (in kayaks) will also be looking for you.
I can’t tell you how many times, when things have been uncertain and I have felt anxious, I’ve come back to that image of floating down the river with my feet up and trusting my life vest until waters are calmer.
We are in some uncertain times. We may wonder if the rapids ahead of us will be rougher than where we are right now, if our current rafts will be meeting us down the river, or if we will be in new rafts when things are calm. This worry may be impacting our mental health.
If you are navigating change and want to support your mental health:
Reach out to who and what you know helps.
Turn to the people in your life who are supportive and can listen. Talk about your anxiety, if it helps you, or talk about other things that help you regain a sense of calm. If you feel you have no one to turn to right now, know that there are people who are trained to listen and help, such as a mental health provider. Reach out to them – you don’t need to manage difficult times alone. Supportive people and those trained to help are our life vests.
Do the things that you know help take care of you.
Exercise, drink water, take your medication on time and as prescribed, and seek comfort in music, books, journaling, meditation, your pets, or other healthy distractions when things feel too much.
Challenge negative beliefs about change. One thing you can control is your response in the situation. Challenge your negative beliefs about how you cope with change, especially if those beliefs are rooted in the past. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, but that doesn’t mean you won’t move forward in a positive way. One way to do this is to engage in small actions that help you gain a sense of control and calm. One thing you can control right now is your breath. Deep breathing will help you regain calm, and costs nothing. There are lots of phone apps, YouTube videos and other resources to help us all practice breathing a little more deeply right now.
Go in the direction of the change.
What’s happening right now is moving us all in a direction to be more mindful of how we are in the world, how we relate to one another, and how we take care of our health. Conversations are happening now that were unheard of two months ago, and perspectives are changing in a way that can be good. Remember, change often happens where progress is needed, too.
It’s okay if you end up in a different raft. While you may not know what’s ahead, you can trust that there are many others (an entire world of people, in fact) who are navigating this change with you. You are not alone and there will be others to greet you as things change. Things may be different, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be well or be able to weather new challenges.
The guides are available and looking to help you.
Please know that there are support services out there if you are struggling with your mental health and alone. You don’t need to navigate any of this by yourself. Text TALK to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line or call the National Su***de Prevention Lifeline at 1800 273-TALK (8255). Many counselors and other helping professionals are also looking to provide telehealth services right now. Take some time to learn about resources in your community, including those that may be online.
We can all do things to help support our mental health in times of change, and in doing so, we encourage others to make their mental health a priority, no matter what is changing around them.
Doreen Marshall, Ph.D.
AFSP Vice President of Programs
Certain things have to go wrong, so better things can go right.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Right now, many of us are worried about COVID-19 or Coronavirus. We may feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do. When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed.
Stress can be a normal reaction, but sometimes it can also take a toll on our mental health. We don’t always know it’s happening. You might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless or sad. You might notice that you are more frustrated with others or want to completely avoid any reminders of what is happening. For those of us who already struggle with our mental wellness, we might feel more depressed or less motivated to carry out our daily activities.
It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current news events. We can always choose our response. If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:
Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it’s helpful to focus on those. Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs. Take your vitamins. Limit your consumption of news (Do you really need to know what is happening on a cruise ship you aren’t on?).
Do what helps you feel a sense of safety. This will be different for everyone, and it’s important not to compare yourself to others. It’s ok if you’ve decided what makes you feel safe is to limit attendance of large social events, but make sure you separate when you are isolating based on potential for sickness versus isolating because it’s part of depression.
Get outside in nature--even if you are avoiding crowds. I took a walk yesterday afternoon in my neighborhood with my daughter. The sun was shining, we got our dose of vitamin D, and it felt good to both get some fresh air and quality time together. Exercise also helps both your physical and mental health.
Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Perhaps your worry is compounding—you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a mental health professional for support. You don’t have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help.
We are in this together, and help is always available. If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Su***de Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Su***de Warning Signs
Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors.
This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change.
Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.
If a person talks about:
Having no reason to live
Being a burden to others
... these are often played down for
“ attention seeking “
Don’t make that mistake
TALK TO THEM
There is no single cause to su***de. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition.
In 2017 (latest available data), there were 47,173 reported su***de deaths in the U.S.
Currently, su***de is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
A person dies by su***de about every 12.8 minutes in the United States.
Every day, approximately 129 Americans take their own life.
Ninety percent of all people who die by su***de have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
There are 3.54 male su***des for every female su***de, but three times as many females as males attempt su***de.
494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by su***de.
25 million Americans suffer from depression each year.
Over 50 percent of all people who die by su***de suffer from major depression.
If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.
Depression affects nearly 5-8 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year.
More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses.
Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms.
But first, depression has to be recognized.
The best way to prevent su***de is through early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and other mental health conditions.
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Find more facts at afsp.org or call 888-333-AFSP.
*Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are a member of the media and would like to speak with experts on su***de prevention or would like to do a story on su***de prevention or the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk please contact [email protected] afsp.org or (347) 826-3577.
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YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS
🎼”YOU ARE MORE”
This is for anyone going through something they feel defeated by ... may your strength be renewed as you encouragement from the ones who surround your life for such a time as this ....
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“My Revival” by Lauren Daigle
Even when life seems to drown you over and over again ... remember that there is always a purpose and in everything something to learn ...
Never take a moment In this life you have for granted & remember what is most important will always remain ...
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Something I have learned from a few important people I hold dear to my life ...
Beatrice Leyva Kimberly Vollmar Becker Janise Alcorta Selene Barrientoes Laura Vest NuevaJustine Villanueva Carol Preston Michelle Arreola Perez Redd Foxx Ann Buck Christian Women's Job Corps of Kerr County Ashley Wells ... there are many many more but my page manager isn’t allowing me to share ... if you know someone who helped you when they were struggling share this and let them know ...
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YOU’RE NOT YOUR PAST.
Listen to me. Just because you had some bad chapters doesn’t mean your story can’t end well. Just because you made mistakes, doesn’t mean you are one. Just because you did some things you’re not proud of, doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of yourself. It’s less about what you did and more about what you’re going to do. You don’t have to continue to go through what you been through. You’re a choice away from a NEW BEGINNING, and a commitment away from a new life. Let your past be APART of your story, NOT YOUR STORY. It all starts with you!
DROP A ❤️ IF YOU FEEL ME!
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