Illuminating The Dark



Nightmares
and illusions

Challenges

Hurt
and anger

Barracades 

Pen and paper 
are sword 
and shield 

Adversity 
expelled 
onto the page

Consumed
banished

Darkness
illuminated
once more  

Copyright © 2019 Penny Wilson

The Lies I Tell Myself



I can do this. Deep breath. Hands shaking. 

I can do this.

Shake it off. Mirror check. Smile. One more deep breath.

I can do this.

Open the door. 

No.  

Trembling. Weak knees. Sweating. Shaking.

I can do this. 

Step across the threshold. Face the world.

I can do this.  

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

*Depression. Deep. Real. Depression, can be so debilitating, it 
can make you immobile, frozen. There are days when it's 
hard to leave the house. It's even hard to leave your bed. 
You put on a smile and face the world. Because you have to. 
You tell yourself, whatever lies you have to, in order to 
maintain the facade that everything is alright. 
As always, thank you for joining me on this journey.  Penny 

 

 

Help Me Help Them-Mental Health Awareness Week


Who knew?  I had no idea that it was Mental Health Awareness Week until I was browsing thru my Reader feed earlier today.  I recently added a new page to my blog. The Page is called Depression and Mental Health Help.  Here, I’ve listed contact information for those struggling with Depression and other Mental Health issues and where help can be found.  If you have important contact information that is not listed on this page and you would like for it to be added, please either send me an email thru my Contact Page or leave the information in the Comments below.  I will do my best to get the added information on the page as soon as I can.

As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

Mental Health Awareness Week — TheFeatheredSleep


REBLOG: Please read this eloquent piece of Reality from The Feathered Sleep.

She doesn’t look sick….. She isn’t sick. But a black hole is eating her from the inside out. The devour has no real description It defies the usual ones, it has a wider mouth, deeper jaw, longer bite The thing of it is .. the shame .. that’s the worst part The little voice which […]

via Mental Health Awareness Week — TheFeatheredSleep

Gravity


The energy it takes
to pull my feet from this earth
seems insurmountable. 

Each step
burdensome
cumbersome
massive. 

I lift my head
seeing the sunlight
breaking through the darkness ahead. 

Just a sliver. 

Hope. 

I advance
determined to reach
the cloudless space.

A deep breath. 

My conviction
wavering.

Fragments are found
somewhere deep inside.

Another step.

A small victory.

Another step.

I feel warmth
coming from the light.

One last step... 

Triumph. 

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

Image by intographics from Pixabay

*All is well, my friends.  This post started out as something very dark but turned around for me. (I never know the path my muse will take.)  I think it says that the light IS peeking through for me.  As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

New Page For Depression/Mental Health Help


I have a NEW PAGE on my blog!  If you look at the Tabs at the top of my Blog Home Page, you will see that I’ve added one called Depression & Mental Health Help.  Here, I’ve compiled a list of phone numbers and links to websites where anyone that needs help can get it.  I will add to this when I have new information.

I’ve also copied & pasted the different articles and pieces that I have personally written on this subject.

Those of you that have followed me for any length of time know that education and awareness of these subjects are very important to me.

If you have a phone number, link or information that you would like to see added to the page, please use the Contact Form, shoot me an email and I’ll see about adding it!

I’ve JUST had this page go Live today.  I’ve tried to make sure that all of the links work, but if you come across something that doesn’t work, please let me know.

Also, to those of you that have hung in there with me through my various highs and lows, THANK YOU!!  I’ve been on the down-low for a while, but do believe that I’m beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.

As always, Thank You for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny

 

 

Suicide Prevention


The World Health Organization has determined that there is a suicide committed worldwide every 40 seconds.  By the year 2020, that number will double to every 20 seconds. 

*Source https://www.befrienders.org/suicide-statistics

 Depression is the #1 reason behind suicides.

 THIS is why I write about depression.  It’s a lot more than just a “case of the blues”.  Much more.

Did you know that there are more than 9 different types of depression?

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Atypical Depression
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Situational Depression

These are just the ones I could find in a brief search.  There are more.  So let’s end the stigma, shall we?  Depression is an illness.  There is NO shame in having depression.  There is NO shame in talking about depression.

If you think you might be depressed, please TALK to someone.  Talk to a friend, a teacher, a priest, your doctor, SOMEONE.

If you have a friend or loved one that you think might be depressed, TALK to them.  Encourage them to seek help.  Go with them if necessary, to that doctor’s office or church, hold their hand.  BE there for them.  You may just save a life.

If you have a friend that has mentioned suicide, DON’T ignore it.  Talking about it is NOT harmless.  TALK to them.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone # is:  1-800-273-8255HERE is a link to many international phone #’s for Suicide Prevention. 

There IS help.  If you can’t get that friend or loved one to call, YOU call for them.  You may just save their life.

As always, thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny

The Cure for Depression: Get Outside


Chelsea Ann Owens

I can’t believe I plan on spending an entire post on this obvious tip, but …I can count on two fingers the number of times I walked around in Mother Nature last week. Clearly, some of us are not practicing what we preach.

Therefore, I’m totes going to push the advantages of getting outside:

  1. Nature’s pretty. This prettiness helps instill happiness and inspirational thoughts that just might lead to award-winning poetry (though, you may want to only tell those poems to yourself).
  2. It smells nice, if you’re somewhere like a park. I’ve heard you might need air to breathe, too, so bonus!
  3. As a human with skin (unless you have solar urticaria), you need sunlight to soak up UV rays and make Vitamin D.
  4. Happy sun rays combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  5. Time outside has a buttload of benefits for your mind. We’re talking improved…

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Kids Help Phone Line


I was going to save this for my Friday Good New Challenge, but I feel that it’s just too important to hold the information.

So many children are struggling today.  Bullying, drugs, peer pressure, mass shootings, and on and on.  There IS a place for kids to turn.  They can be completely anonymous if they want to.

There is a Website called Kids Help Phone.  Kids can call, chat or text with someone.  If they just need someone to talk to, maybe they are struggling with a situation with a friend, a boyfriend, a situation at school, abuse at home, whatever the case may be.  They can call

1-800-668-6868  or they can text 686868 to text someone.  There is also a live chat app that you can find out about on their website.

Their situation doesn’t have to be life-threatening, (suicide, abuse) sometimes we all just need someone to talk to.  Just MAKE THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE.  You don’t have to lecture.  The kids will take it from there if they have access to it.

Check out this important resource HERE, today.

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

Depression is… — Gloom & Bloom


Please enjoy this amazing poem written by a talented woman!

Depression is.. Using all your energy to shower A sink full of dishes Making up excuses to stay home Feeling worthless Crawling in bed at 4:00 p.m. Forgetting all your favorite things Putting on make-up to cover puffy eyes Depression is… Being “overly sensitive” Putting your phone on airplane mode For three days Being lonely […]

via Depression is… — Gloom & Bloom