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The one thing that killed things for my spirit was the lack of sleep and the neediness of our boys. I love them dearly, but oh my word they were, and they still are very needy. Love grows, patience grows, and anxiety grew big time for me. When my anxiety became too great…I would shut down and become depressed. I questioned my worth. I slept more or slept less. It was a battle with the beast of darkness. I wanted to see the light, but at times I just could not. I went to counselors, I talked with my family, I prayed…I took many different combinations of medications over the years. Some years are better than others.

Thankful today that today my grandmother’s tea cup is filled with two little pills that balance me out…for now. I still struggle with insomnia, and I bite my nails on occasion (a life long habit). New situations or unknown outcomes still stress me out. When my children crumble into tantrums…I have to walk away and pray through those with them. My husband is a rock star. I am a back up singer. We work well together, and we “sing and dance” through the daily grind. Life is not easy. Genetics and life circumstances can make things even more complicated.

If you are suffering from anxiety or depression OR both…you are not alone.

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Dancing In Quicksand

As the years go by I see things in my memories, that had I put it together sooner, show me insights as to my parents and the things they did, how they lived, why our environment was not the most healthy. But I had no idea. Nothing to connect their behavior with reasons. Any reason.

As of today neither of my daughters want children, but who knows what the future holds for them. If they do, I hope they are better mothers than I have been. I’ve done the best I can for all the battlegrounds I have walked on. I hope they will be better. They will have more information to use.

Or maybe they will be just as I was. I didn’t want to do anything the way my parents did.

Turns out, though, I was powerless to achieve that.

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Red’s Chronicles

It was just a happy coincidence that I decided to write a blog about my struggles with mental health in the same year that people were asked to pledge! I am honored to take part, and I hope together we can overcome the odds through writing and reading about each others’ experiences. An unbelievable number of us suffer in silence, but we should not, because mental health is everyone’s concern.

I hope that you will follow me, join me, read with me, and let us stamp out the stigma forever.

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The Babyfacedassassin

I am instantly connected to a web of wordsmiths who are passionately writing about their personal and professional experiences of mental health care. Together, in this bridging of online, intimate exchange, the world softens and hearts empathise with the universal suffering of the plague of ‘mental illness’ infiltrating our race, and together, we are doing something about it. . .

Because mental health IS everyone’s concern, and by acting on our concerns we enact our compassion. In an epoch when technology makes intimate exchange more readily available, we can experience our connectivity through the search at our fingertips and take our findings into our homes and our hearts, and, as His Holiness concurs: ‘That [human] bond can become a source of consolation in the event that you lose everything else.’ (The Art of Happiness, pg.31)

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#changinglivesshapinghearts

University policies should require mandatory mental health and suicide education for students. The “help is there if you want it” attitude we leave students with is similar to blaming a neglected child for not taking advantage of child protective services. At least if a child requires help, they are not shamed for needing it.

Debunking myths and spreading facts about mental illness and contributing factors would help reduce stigma and “victim-blaming,” Providing students with the same education as “faculty gatekeepers” would increase identification of warning signs. When an entire student body is educated, disclosing internal struggles to a peer may seem less ominous than risking that a confidant may be ill-equipped to respond. . .

Mental health shouldn’t only be addressed when it becomes dangerous, just like healthy eating habits shouldn’t be endorsed only after a heart attack. Mandating this education would benefit all students regardless of their position on the mental health spectrum. Many falsely fear that open-dialogue may lead to action, yet discussion may be the most beneficial tool in our arsenal. The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act of 2004 has provided suicide prevention grants for 38 schools, but the 2013 Reauthorization hasn’t been passed.

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Trigger Warning: Suicide