http://www.befrienders.org (crisis resources globally)
Important Disclaimers: I am not a clinically trained medical or mental health provider or am I trained in matters of public safety.
If you or someone you know is in danger by circumstances, themselves or others, please contact emergency services and/or a medical or mental health professional, immediately.
The catalyst for this blog is due to the caveat I have as an activist who does activism not just for medical crisis but for mental health ones.
My normal disclaimer would be in addition to contacting emergency services, would be get to an acute care facility, if someone is in potential mortal danger.
We’re in a global pandemic though with COVID-19 that is taxing resources, in multiple ways and ways no one has quite seen before.
And as I tried to get across in my last blog, someone for many reasons and of many kinds, is in crisis and has been since humankind has been on Earth.
As someone who does activism for “fighting to stay alive” and that also means different things to different people for multiple reasons, as well.
For those though who deal with depression and other mental health issues that could be fatal to themselves or others, where it’s still so stigmatized, this is a gentle reminder not to be rushing or harsh with judgement.
The most read blog of mine, ever is a blog I wrote almost 2 years ago titled “How to help those who are suicidal when they don’t want anyone to know that they are”.
It’s not my only blog regarding suicide awareness, prevention and ideation but it’s read 5 times as much as any of my other blogs about suicide combined on a global scale (half my readers aren’t just not in the U.S. but also not just in North America) and twice as much as my most read blog on gastric bypass reversals, which while I really don’t want to be known well online or offline, like at all or like ever, is probably a more unique thing I blog about.
I wanted to wait before writing this, being a little more clearheaded, having my own personal issues to deal with but the hits to that above mentioned blog and other blogs about suicide are being read more since COVID-19 became a global pandemic.
The thing I learned with my complex disabilities, is that it’s not just I who cannot help everyone, or even myself at times.
Which everyone can relate to, at some time in their life for multiple reasons.
But to remind that there is help without shame or stigma in multiple forms for those who are fighting a battle with severe depression, and/or other adverse medical, mental, environmental or circumstances tangible or not, to themselves or others, to stay alive that if you’re in mortal danger, you need to contact immediately appropriate support services.
It helps to remind oneself of that.
It helps to remind oneself of a good thing they are capable of, I know this from being aesthetically unpleasing to most humans, for so long and my unique disabilities, sometimes you can’t see the good but it’s identifiable, even though in some of us, it’s intangible.
It helps to take breaks from constant stressors and while it may take work for those who have a tendency and it’s hard to separate from distressing thoughts, especially in trying times, it’s possible and it helps.
In my case reading a book or magazine or watching a travel video or listening to my favorite music helps.
I hope you can find a positive distraction that will work for you and it may take acute professional help to get to that place.
I can only hope that like any other serious blogs I write about life and death situations find it’s way to those who need help but can’t see why they and their life is worth fighting for, which is hard to see in a crisis of many kinds and that those in need, get that help so that they can give live the best possible life, given their circumstances and what that looks like in us is different and sometimes more evolving that we can cope with at times and there is no shame in needing help to see that.
Just know help is out there, others can relate to the most unique and or bizarre circumstances and you aren’t alone and others do care.
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