We all need to take a deep breath and choose our mind over our mouth.
"If you could read my mind...you would be in tears."
Thank you, .
I don't recall asking this of my friends and followers here before, at least not this forcefully, but please share this post liberally, will you?
Let's trend this hashtag: #SaveALife
Let's TAG Googlers and cool cats we know like and see if we can't make a difference with AMPLIFYING this message!
Early on in my G+ experience, I had some amazing conversations with a young man who had been contemplating killing himself. He lamented that no one was interacting with him here, or listening at all to anything he had said or was writing about. He was deep into the abyss and absolutely borderline suicidal. I wrote him and said I was listening. I would be there for him any time, 24/7. He could write or call, or text - whatever he needed. Whatever he needed, I would be there for him, as long as he continued to let me in to his world. Into his thoughts.I later found out that he had jumped out of that deep abyss and had made a pretty good recovery. He thanked me for being the one person to listen, and I thanked him for being a part of this beautiful world. I don't know where he's "at" today, but my sense is that he lived through that era, and is now thriving. I sure hope so.
I would and will do the same for anyone now. I have a family history of dark depression and it has run deep in some members. It has taken a hard toll on our entire family, and I myself was not immune to these overwhelming thoughts of despair in my early years. Heck, maybe even yesterday. But I love life, and always have. I love the feeling of "what's next" and of the adventures just around the corner. I am a survivor.
During this holiday season, so many people need our help. Sometimes, it's as easy as posting a comment on their post, or reaching out t them via text or a call, but in any case, this is a VERY tough time of year and I encourage everyone to help others where you can, and be open to people who are absolutely desperate. It might only take a few minutes of your time, but you could end up saving someone's life, just by listening, and opening yourself up to their world. Yeah, this season is particularly tough for many people every year, and I hope I can help make a difference to so many more people who are crying out for someone to listen. I WILL listen, and I WILL be there for you -- if you'll let me!
About Project Semicolon
Grammar pedants have long known that punctuation is everything. And even casual language buffs can tell you that commas save lives (surely you’ve seen the ‘Let’s eat Grandma’ vs. ‘Let’s eat, Grandma’ meme). But to thousands who may have never thought twice about a dangling modifier or a misplaced appositive, the semicolon has become their reason for enduring.
Thanks to Amy Bleuel, the often misunderstood symbol has morphed from a simple punctuation mark to a badge of pride for those who struggle with depression, suicide, addiction, anxiety, and self-injury.
Bleuel started the nonprofit movement Project Semicolon in April 2013 to honor her father, who took his own life, and to give voice to her own fight with mental illness. The idea was to encourage anyone haunted by these demons to draw a semicolon on their body, photograph it, and share it on a given day to encourage love and to inspire.
“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life,” explains Project Semicolon’s website.
Since its inception, Project Semicolon has transformed from a once-off social media initiative into a full-fledged movement and awareness campaign for mental health and suicide prevention. And just as a once-fleeting call-to-action has given way to this more permanent form of activism, people have exchanged the Sharpies that Bleuel initially suggested for permanent ink.
Semicolon tattoos are cropping up everywhere: on wrists, behind ears, above ankle bones, and more. And with them, an outpouring of heartfelt stories, grassroots tattoo-a-thons, and even a fully devoted charity organization called The Semicolon Tattoo Project (TSTP) have followed.
“In a society that often tries to hide mental health issues, we want to push back and show that the more we talk about it, the more people get help,” says TSTP.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 2014 Behavioral Health Barometer, over 13 million Americans struggled with a serious mental illness, 9.3 million seriously thought about committing suicide, and 17.3 million were dependent on alcohol in 2013.
Even more alarming, though, is the fact that nearly thirty-two percent of people diagnosed with a serious mental illness did not receive treatment in that same year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, many don’t seek proper diagnosis and help because of the stigma attached to this kind of illness.
And that’s exactly what the semicolon tattoo is working to change.
Just as the mark is a sign for readers to pause before continuing on with a sentence, participants have embraced the symbol as a reminder that their story isn’t over yet—and that they should tell it.
Look at the TSTP Facebook page and you’ll find countless people sharing tales of survival and struggle. These brave, honest accounts have started to bring a community together and endow members with the kind of pride that is capable of breaking down stigma.
What’s more, the tattoo has encouraged people to demand recognition for and discussion about illnesses that often skate by under the radar because they are invisible.
Ink has always been a conversation starter, and the semicolon emblem is no different. It’s an opportunity for survivors, those who battle every day, and even supporters to talk to those unacquainted with mental health issues. And as TSTP points out, “The more we talk about it, the more people get the help they need when they need it.”
So, in an age when many of us spend more time tweeting than talking, let alone doing, the semicolon tattoo might just be the most beautiful thing we’ve learned about in a long time (and, yes, we would believe this even if we weren’t such devout grammarians).
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And I should know better than this narcissistic presidential wannabe, still admired and glorified by so many. There is something seriously wrong with this picture of America, and it saddens me beyond words.
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