Depression is a natural reaction to life, a debilitating reaction.
I understand how being in depression for too long stops you from the ability to make decisions. I understand because I have been there and still visit once in a while. When we are depressed, we second guess, immerse ourselves in negatives and worst case scenarios. We become so tired that it’s easier to just stand still, hide under the covers, freeze time.But we have to reach out. We must seek help at some point!
Victim mode became my label because for so long it was all I knew. I began to feel entitled and my thoughts turn downward, “After all I’d been through why shouldn’t someone else save me? Why don’t others know I am depressed and give me attention? Why am I alone?”
That is where my thoughts were for all those years. Being a victim for 20 years, both at the hands of others and my own is debilitating. It’s traumatic and not easy to recover.
It’s so difficult and frightening. I understand you and I believe in you. You are powerful. You can start healing. It’s time to make a tiny change and another and another until you are in control of your mental health. Please reach out to someone!
Here is a list of resources for you to start your healing path.
- Shakti Rising provides the support and tools for women to tap into their own wisdom, power and resiliency.- http://shaktirising.org
- The Love Warrior Community focuses on helping people work on self-love and body acceptance at http://lovewarriorcommunity.com
- Mental Health America – This is where I completed a free mental health first aid training,
- http://mentalhealthamerica.net NAMI – Alliance of mental illness has a program called Peer to Peer, similar to Big Brother/Big Sister, which is a way to socialize and give support for those who are feeling isolated. – http://nami.org DBSA– Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety- http://dbsalliance.org
- Survivors of Suicide Loss – http://SOSLSD.org
- Nationwide Suicide Prevention Hotline , 1-800-273-8255
- The Trevor Project – Suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, 1-866-488-7386 or http://thetrevorhelpline.org
- There are apps that support mental health. The My3App connects someone who is feeling suicidal with their three main support contacts –http://my3app.org
- Don’t want to call? Use a text hotline. Text 741741 anywhere in the USA for a live trained counselor.
My book, “D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression” is available through Amazon; available as both an e-book and a paperback.
If you’re suffering from depression I strongly encourage you to seek help. If you can’t afford a therapist find a supportive mentor, teacher or healer who can help you discover inner peace. Healing is possible IF you are open and willing to commit to a self-care plan.