There were beads at the event that you could get that correlates to what you relate to, whether it was losing a parent, child, friend to suicide or just supporting the prevention of suicide. I’m wearing blue, teal, and green. Blue: supporting suicide prevention. Teal: knowing a friend, family member, or someone who has struggled or attempted. And green: a personal struggle or attempt. Honestly, when choosing these beads, I didn’t grab the green one at first. I am not open about personal struggles and I’m shy, even embarrassed to talk about things I go through. I also hate being a burden to anyone. Then I thought, “but wait...I’m at an event that’s trying to break the stigma of those who struggle and don’t ask for help and aren’t open about their struggles.” I was even afraid of posting this. I went back to grab the green beads. I wore them proudly today. I saw people in high school wearing the green beads as well. This spoke volume to me. Anyone can be open with their struggles! Age doesn’t matter! There is no need to be embarrassed and that’s the point of this program. I in no way feel any different or special just because I’m struggling with these things every day. No one can devalue your life! And just because you decide to open up or share your story, DOES NOT make you brag or seek attention (as many people would see this in that way). My mindset use to be much worse. I have had these thoughts of worthlessness and that the world would be a much better place without me. I’ve surround myself with family and those who truly value and love me for who I am. I have my pets, who also help me to go on because they’re like my babies. And not that I’m not special, because everyone is special in their own way. Due to their heart and character. So please don’t think that just because you’re struggling that you’re not important! Your life means so much to those around you, and your existence on this earth is so much more than you know! Perhaps you’re struggling through every second, but just know, it can get better! #Afsp #Outofthedarkness #stopsuicide #Americanfoundationforsuicideprevention #Breakthestigma #Bethevoice #youknowwhoyouare #imsogratefulformylovedones
I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Surf City Campus Walk on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 to save myself and hopefully save others from the countless dark nights of our souls.
With every breath, with every step, with every word. Suicide stops with me. I am drawing a line in the sand. No more suicide on this family tree. Will you join me in this legendary battle against suicide?
I've always been a fan of healthy challenges and bold visions. Perhaps it is the dreamer in me. Perhaps it is my magical inner child. Perhaps it is my deep knowing that we can do better.
AFSP's bold goal is to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Please help me reach my goal by clicking the "Donate" button on this page. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.
Important note: 82.9% of AFSP's expenses are dedicated to program services and 17.1% are directed towards administrative costs. As of 2016 they had gross receipts of $33.6M which means AFSP did not even come close to being one of the top 100 largest U.S. charities BUT suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our country. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?! Thank you for all your support (i.e. good vibes, money, service) whether it be in person or across the miles.
Love & light always,
I had debated talking about this, because a part of me says "it's no one's business" ..but then that depletes the whole purpose of why I am doing what I'm doing - raising awareness. My mother had never been a depressed or anxiety ridden person, even after my dad's passing away earlier in the year of her death she held it together well. Of course she was sad, heart broken, missed him and grieved, but she was also able to be logical and know if he were still here that he'd be suffering and that that is selfish of us to want for him. When she had her thyroid removed in July, that was when it all changed - 2 weeks after. It turned her into a person I have never known, and someone she also has never known. If you don't know about the thyroid, it basically controls everything, your hormones, metabolism, hair, etc...but what comes along with all of that is mood, and when your hormones and body is not functioning properly, it can lead to serious depression and anxiety. My mom went to so many different doctors trying to get help, as well as did constant research because she, as much as anyone would be, was sick of living in a body that didn't feel like her own, a body and mind state she had never felt in 54 years. She couldn't take it anymore, even with my, my family, and her close friend's help we tried to give and felt helpless because she was a prisoner in her own body. I don't feel the anger anymore that I felt in the beginning towards her, because that is selfish of me to wish someone, especially someone I love, to have to live that way. Now, I just feel heart broken.. heart broken that I and no one else were able to get her the help she needed to the point that she felt this was her only option. Suicide is becoming a rising cause of death, but it doesn't need to be that way! There needs to be more doctors who care and there needs to be more awareness!
This is why I will continue to fight, for my mom, for all others lost, for those suffering, as well as for the families who lost their loved ones in this devastating way. I love you mom, always and forever.
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Hello Chatham community!! _
I am excited to share with everyone that the third annual Out of the Darkness walk will be taking place on Saturday, April 13th to raise awareness about suicide, mental health and bring suicide #Outofthedarkness
in Pittsburgh! We will be joining thousands of people walking in hundreds of cities across the country this spring in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. As occupational therapists, we play such a crucial role in the domain of mental health. -
Our team name this year is: Chatham Occupational Therapy. You are able to register for the walk in advance by clicking on the link in bio or walk ups can register the morning of the walk. If you are unable to attend the walk, but would still like to show your support you can donate! To donate, you can click on this same link and then click on the tab “roster” and donate to any individual that is registered under our team, (it does not matter who you click) all the money will go directly to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! It is encouraged for everyone to share this message with their family and friends. We would love to have a big turnout and support base!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks in advance for all of your support!