For the lack of a better term I am using “Mental Issue,” M.I. for short, as a blanket term to describe what we have and deal with on a daily basis. I want to use “Issue” because I don’t want to call it an “Illness.”

Illness, to me anyway, implies that it can be cured, it’s something that you caught and didn’t have before. It’s a part of us, it’s in our DNA, and it’s something we didn’t choose to have but something we live with on a daily basis.

When our M.I. kicks in it’s called “An Episode.” An Episode of what? Are we a sitcom or drama that people sit back and watch? While it may certainly feel this way for non M.I.s, for those of us going through said “episode” it feels more like a storm. Comes on with little to no warning. A lot of huffing and puffing, with loud crashes of thunder. For this reason I will refer to them as Storms and not “Episodes.”

By talking we can begin healing and understanding on both
sides. Ask questions and listen to the answers, don’t judge, don’t speak, just listen.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Suicide Season

This is just a reminder that we are now in the suicide season.  Thoughts of suicide increase between the months of November and February, with the highest increase occurring in the month of December.  With increase thoughts comes increased pain.  An intense pain that is often hidden by a smile.
The cause of this increase is often an overwhelming feeling of being alone, rejected, and unloved.  Even if the person is surrounded by people, these emotions can still wrap themselves around someone, engulf them completely before consuming them quickly.
It is nothing that anyone has done personally.  These emotions are in the air because everyone is expected to be surrounded by family, but not everyone has family in their lives.  Thoughts of missing people begin to fill the air, and these are the emotions that cling to those of us sensitive to them.
There is something everyone can do to help ease the pain, even if for a few moments.  Tell someone that you love them.  There does not have to be a reason, just that you love them.  Do not expect a reply, just speak the words, and genially mean them.
You never know, your words could be the lifeline they use to keep from drowning in the dark emotions, and turning thoughts of suicide into actions of.

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