Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
For most of my teen and adult life, over 20 years, I have been struggling with severe depression, anxiety disorders connected to PTSD, OCD, and GAD, and suicidality. I am a survivor of multiple suicide attempts. And while I fight for my own life, I will continue to find ways to help others. AFSP and mental health advocacy became a part of my own survival, as it has for others.
Beyond that I put together a blog over 7 years ago in part for this purpose, warrioretkqueen.com to chronical my journey of survival in mental health and other aspects of my life to involves curing stigmas. Over the years I blogged about my experiences on the walks. Here is one blog post at the DC walk in 2019:
I wanted to share my story with the world, honestly, sincerely, and boldly, and encourage others to do the same. I wanted to educate and encourage people to be brave and understand the transformative power in communication and conversation. While some progress has been made, there remains a lot of work to do to reduce the stigma in every domain in society, which reinforces the suffering and prevents people from getting support and living a fulfilling life.
With the global pandemic, it was an opportunity for us to address this issue head on. Unfortunately, it was just a small dent on the larger problem. We cannot address the stigmas in our communities if we do not have open and honest conversations on a consistent, ongoing basis, surrounding mental health and specifically suicide awareness and prevention.
And we have to do better in being there for each other. We have to try harder, and make the effort to be better.
"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage." - Seneca
“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow." - Dr. Maya Angelou