Today's walk was GREAT! We had over 1,500 participants, lots of doggies (second pic is my fave pup I met) and an overall wonderful time. I love doing THIS; it seems this is the only time I don't feel weary until I get home.
I'm going to work on getting the bead ceremony photos transferred to my phone. That was a very emotional few minutes for all of us who shared our stories. It's scary yet freeing to open up to complete strangers about the loved ones we've lost, as well as our own battles with mental illness. I hope, one day, that suicide will be completely eradicated.
I want everyone to know this: we are not our mental illness. If anyone ever tries to define who you are based on what you fight against, kick them to the curb. You are worth so much more than you think, and deserve all the love and support you need on your journey.
#AFSP #outofthedarkness #outofthedarknessvirginiabeach #suicideprevention #promotegoodmentalhealth #noshame #itsokaynottobeokay
Over 1500 people walked for suicide today! It’s amazing how many people are affected each day and for the rest of their lives by suicide and suicidal thoughts. The feels were unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. Plus, I got to walk with one of my best friends and my lil man! 💞 my heart is full today. 💛💜💙💚
#outofthedarkness #suicideprevention #vabeach #family #feels #grief #survive
“You are here today to honor those you lost to suicide & those that struggle with suicide.“
I walked for my brother who took his life on March 26th, 2013.
Today was my first #outofthedarkness
walk. I parked about a mile away from where the walk started due to the turnout- which was beautiful, humbling, comforting and also very sad. Check on your happy friends, check on your sad friends. Sometimes you don't know is happening until it's too late. All types of people showed up with one thing in common- we've lost a friend, parent, sibling, child to death by suicide. The people who I was in most awe of were the survivors- who had the personal struggle but were given another chance.
Today I walked for Keith, and I hope you never have to walk for anyone, but please raise awareness.
I want to give a big THANK YOU to our family and friends who walked with us today and to those who donated money to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Your support means the world to us and to everyone fighting this terrible epidemic! With your support, we were able to be the top fundraising team this year! There is still time to donate if you'd like by clicking on the link below. Walk donations will be accepted until December 31st.
Today we joined together to advocate against suicide and we walk the walk and fight against stigmas still plaguing most. All coming together to support each grieving families and friends. I keep living because I want to help others keep living !!!!YOU’RE NOT ALONE!!!! #outofthedarkness #youareenough #suicideawareness
• 🦋,I love you brother Luke! I miss you and your silly personality. I hate you got taken away from me at such a young age for both of us. But, you Luke were an amazing person, inside and out and I will continue to be strong for you everyday. I can’t wait to meet again and hug you and never let you go. You meant the world to me big brother, our time is still coming. I love you forever and a day✨ 💙🧡 #peaceinthevalley
There was an awesome turnout today at Augusta’s #OutOfTheDarkness
Walk 💙💜 Of course, Our #WonderlandWarriors
Team was together again to help raise awareness about #Suicide
As a community Augusta raised $16,000 for the #AFSP
to help those affected by suicide.
As is tradition, everyone grabbed colored beads to wear during the walk. Each color represents a struggle or a loss. What color(s) do you wear? I wear orange, green, purple, silver, blue & teal.
I am incredibly grateful for such amazing people in my life who show up to support me and to love me. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide please reach out. If you see someone who you think is struggling please reach out to them. One simple phone call or knock on the door can save a life 💜💙 #BeTheVoice #EndTheStigma #BiPolarStrong #SuicideSurvivor #SuicideAttemptSurvivor #BeThe1To
Ever heard of imposter syndrome? It’s this thing where, no matter how qualified, or passionate, or authentic you are, you still feel like a fraud
I’m gonna open up here and let y’all know I suffer from this big time. I know it’s normal, but it’s still hard
Ever have arguments with yourself in your head about whether or not you have any business doing something? Cause let me tell you, I do this on the daily
It’s easy to compare yourself to everyone else. It’s easy to think that they have natural talent or just SOMETHING about them is intrinsically better than you. It’s easy to make up a story and believe it
But just because these thoughts cross your mind doesn’t mean you have to give all your power to them. You are so smart and capable. The fact that you’re constantly freaking out that you’re not good enough shows that you’re passionate and you care
The people you look up to probably feel this way more often than you’ll ever know. We’re all just humans out here doing the best we can and no one is magically perfect or better than you even though it feels like it
Give yourself room to be human. Know that making mistakes is totally normal and part of the process. You are smart, qualified, and deserving. You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously
To say it was an honor to join @pchin81
and his family and friends in the #outofthedarkness
walk would be a drastic understatement. Thank you for your leadership, and most importantly, your heart.
The fight against suicide rages on. Talk about it. Check on your people. Mental illness is real. Suicide is preventable.
Walked today to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Very bitter sweet day but Team CMo shows up every year and we seem to gain team members each walk. #outofthedarkness
"Only those who risk going too far can find out how far they can go." - T.S. Elliot
I posted this on my Instastories this weekend but I've decided to share it here as well. This weekend was very special and meaningful to me. I completed training to become a certified facilitator for SOS (Survivors of Suicide Loss) support groups, in addition to now having the capacity to conduct home visits when appropriate for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Thank you to my amazing mentors, who have now become family, that have stood by me these past 13 months and somehow believed that I would some day be able to share a message of hope and light to others. Swipe 👈 to see more.
Today was a success. There is nothing better than being surrounded by people that understand and an organization that inspires hope. I miss you Bailey ❤️ #suicideprevention #outofthedarkness
Today was great! We cried, we laughed but mostly importantly we walked and raised money for a cause we believe in!!! NYC raised over 300,000 dollars towards Suicide Prevention!!! Amazing 🔵⚪️ I walked for my brother, my myself and everyone battling!! Let’s talk about it! You can have a real conversation with me! Let’s come #outofthedarkness
Suicide takes the lives of close to 800,000 people each year. I dream of a world in which people can openly discuss their emotions. I dream of a world in which there is no stigma surrounding mental health issues. I dream of a world in which that 800,000 becomes zero. If you are ever in need of someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I love you so much. ✨💗 #OutOfTheDarkness
Proud to walk alongside @anniegoalwin
in the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk to honor our two loved ones whom we lost to suicide. Proud to walk in honor of ourselves and our own struggles and all the progress we’ve made. Proud to walk alongside thousands of uplifting strangers that want to fight the stigma and bring awareness to this horrible epidemic. It was an emotional day, but I’m so glad I went. It was a fantastic reminder that we’re never alone and there is ALWAYS someone to listen, no matter how close you are. Don’t ever stop fighting. You matter and you are worthy of this life. I promise. #stopsuicide #outofthedarkness #outofthedarknesswalk #afsp
Yesterday I did the Out of the darkness walk with my family and friends in honor of my brother, Miguel. So glad I was able to go. It was very overwhelming and touching to see so many people affected by suicide. I’m glad I have the love of my close friends and family. We are not alone. How handsome are my nephews My brothers love and light lives on in them #outofthedarkness #outofthedarknesswalk2018 #family #love #light #iwalkforyou
Special day with a special group of people. Thank you to everyone that donated to March For Morgan. So proud of our contribution. I miss you, Morgan. #AFSP #outofthedarkness
So here’s the post where I tell you that on average 123 Americans die by suicide EVERYDAY. And that for every suicide, there are 25 attempts. Or that among people ages 15 to 24, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. Then there’s the fact that depression is leading cause of disability world wide.
But for most people, because you may not struggle yourself or know anyone who has fought their own battle, these facts don’t mean much to you. Guess what. If you know me personally, then you officially know someone who not only battles with depression but who has also attempted to end her life. Depression affects more than just celebrities.
Suicide and depression are still such taboo subjects and tbh, that sucks. Most people don’t know the signs and it’s one of the many things we aren’t taught about in school. And if you have family like mine, you’ll be told that it’s just “the change of seasons” or that “you just need to get more sleep”. Don’t ever let anyone discourage you from seeking help. Together we can break the stigma and reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. #20x2025 #OutOfTheDarkness #StopSuicide
1 in 5 people suffer from suicidal ideation.
Like so many, I am one of those statistics.
Every year, for the last 7 years, I have walked in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Many people who don’t understand mental illness treat it as though it’s imaginary or something that can be controlled, when in reality these people are suffering from something that has no easy outcome without outside help such as therapists or medications. Please don’t brush mental illness and mental health under the rug as if it’s something easily fixable. These are topics that should be spoken about so people don’t have to suffer in silence.
My illness is always with me. I am a person who has glitter in my veins, high heels in my closet, and love, hope, and passion in my heart. I’m also someone who has bipolar disorder with depression. But now I know what to do to help myself. I take positive actions to make sure I don’t spiral down the dark mess that permanently lives in my brain. I know my negative triggers and I know what can turn those negative things into positive ones.
For all those struggling with their own mental illness... just know you’re not truly alone. Share your story. You don’t need to hide who you are. You don’t need to be embarrassed or ashamed. You don’t need to do this alone. You will be found.
I am a survivor. And you will be too. #afsp #outofthedarkness #support #stopsuicide
a big shout out to my team for coming out today and supporting the out of the darkness walk. a few years ago I lost my uncle to suicide and it was paralyzing. I’m sorry to admit I wasn’t fully aware of his struggles. this unexpected loss has taught me to love deeper, forgive sooner, and not to take anyone for granted. we never know what others are going through and what can push them to their breaking points. today we walked for the loved ones we’ve lost & for cherishing the futures we have .
#outofthedarkness #outofthedarknesswalk2018 #outofthedarknessnyc #stopsuicide #suicideawareness #insightglobal #keepnycweird
It was heartwarming to see so many people walk today in memory of loved ones or just to support the cause, and I know you were right there with us. We love and miss you everyday, my sweet Rose. 🌹❤️ #OutOfTheDarkness #AFSPCT
“As the weeks went by, it only got harder and harder to keep my inner light lit. Even through marathon training, I was still feeling dimmer and dimmer. I stopped posting to social media, because what did I have to say? I stopped posting workouts on Strava and I turned my marathon training into a challenge to focus on myself. And now I am here, one week away from my second major race of the year, and I am saying enough. Enough to the expectations, enough to the negativity, enough to the fear. It is time to embrace the idea that it’s ok to just be ok sometimes. It is time to stop assigning my feelings onto others. It is time to stop trying to force my light to stay lit. And finally, it’s time to stop looking at the darkness around me and look up into the stars, because they are way brighter than I am giving them credit for.” (Link in Bio for full blog post). .
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #mentalgame #ironmantraining #marathontraining #darkness #outofthedarkness #findingstars #findingstrength #onestepatatime
AFSP walk today in Virginia Beach. It was such an honor to walk with so many brave people today and feel so much love all around. I thought about a lot of our jokes we shared in HS and growing up. I even had the chance to talk about him with an inquiring veteran who simply said “who is Billy” Billy was an amazing soul who made me laugh like no other. He was kind and had a heart of gold for all those he cared for and he will be forever missed by so many. #wewalkforbilly #outofthedarkness #afspva #stopsuicide
Yesterday I walked Out of the Darkness walk with @afsp_lacentralcoast
in Santa Monica to fight against suicide.
Close to 800 000 people die every year due to darkness that led those people to taking their own lives.
That means one person every 40 seconds dies of suicide in this world.
My little brother was one of them.
And I will forever have to live with the fact that I could not help him to get out of his darkness. I didn't even have any idea about the darkness he was in.
So I walked for him. And I walked for all of those other college students that struggle every day with depression, anxiety and even suicidal ideation.
I walked for everyone who at this time are living in the darkness and cannot see the light.
But like they sing in Dear Evan Hansen musical:
"Out of the shadows
The morning is breaking
And all is new, all is new
It's filling up the empty
And suddenly I see that
All is new, all is new
You are not alone"
The morning always breaks from the darkness of night.
And everyone that has darkness within has that chance to break out and see the brighter morning.
But in order to do that, we need to connect. The power of connection is tremendous in helping people to get out of the darkness.
WE NEED TO TALK MORE ABOUT HOW WE ARE REALLY FEELING and cut that "I'm fine" social habit bullshit when someone asks us how we are doing. .
In today's world where connecting is so easy, nobody should feel alone, and yet many do.
But what I want you to take out of this post is that NOBODY IS ALONE ON THIS EARTH.
You might FEEL LONELY at times, but you are not alone.
There are around 7.4 billion people on this earth.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. NEVER.
There is always someone around.
Someone who sees you, who will be found, even when you might feel lost.
But you need to dare to feel.
Dare to say how you really feel.
Dare to be seen.
Dare to connect.
Be who you are.
AND YOU WILL BE FOUND.
RESOURCES TO CONNECT:
- If you want to talk to me. DM me. I mean it. I am here for you.
- Text Crisis Text Line: 741741
- Call Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255
As much as I love that there is a foundation dedicated to raising awareness for suicide, I hate that I even have to know about it. I miss my father every single day, and not a single day gets easier. I am so happy to have a wonderful support team and am so grateful for all of the love💛 #teamsnaza
Pictures from the #OutoftheDarkness
walk last Sunday. Was a beautiful spot that I would love to revisit.
NYPALC fundraised for and participated in the today’s ‘Out of Darkness Walk - New York City’, organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
This walk was in honor of New York Portuguese beloved community member Maria Isabel Martins-DaSilva and Maria Lucinda Geraldo Eusebio Coelho, mother of NYPALC president Isabelle Coelho-Marques, all who have lost their lives to suicide and those who battle every day with depression.
The NYPALC team raised $2,533.00 for this very important cause. :
NYPALC thanks all those who donated and participated - and, all the beautiful messages of support received were very much appreciated.
To all those who battle depression, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. :
#MyMom #AFSP #OutOfTheDarkness #NYC #SuicidePrevention #YouAreNotAlone #DepressionIsReal #BreakTheStigma
A Coffin Full of Dead Baby Dolls. My parents forced me to play with dolls like this until I was 17 years old so if any one can spot a dead doll it’s me.
Yesterday, I participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Santa Monica to raise funds for suicide research and prevention.
I have worked with young people who have been/are suicidal for over 10 years and it never gets easier hearing their pain. But it is an honor to sit with them through their pain and help them to find hope again and look towards the future.
Check out my FB page to see my live video from the event and learn some of the warning signs to look out for with your adolescent. ✌🏻💗