Depression, Looking for Answers?


The reason for this post is because I was looking back at my stats for 2019. My most liked post and my most visited post is one called Depression and Denial. This tells me that people WANT information on this subject.

Those of you that have followed me for a while, know the reasons that I continue to write and speak out about Depression. My #1 reason is this: EVERY DAY 121 Americans commit suicide.  50% of those people suffered from depression.  Reason enough to write about it?  I thought so too. My #2 reason I write about it is to help end the stigma that surrounds Depression.

If you’re new to my blog and for some reason you’ve come across this post, maybe you’re looking for answers. Maybe you’re looking for help. Maybe you’re confused about how and why you feel the way that you do. Maybe, maybe, something that you find on my blog will help.

I pray that’s so.

If you need help, or if you’re just looking to get some questions answered about what you’re feeling, please visit my Mental Health Help page. On this page, you will find a lot of links, contact information, social media connections and phone numbers for different ways to seek help.

Also on this page are different posts that I’ve written on the subject of depression and mental health help. You might browse through these posts and see if there is something there that will connect with you. HERE is that link again.

I’ve lived this. I’ve walked this walk. I know about the hopelessness, the darkness that encompasses everything in your life. I know about the isolation, the feeling of being lost. I know what you’re dealing with. If you need answers, I hope you find something here that helps you. Stay strong. There IS help for you.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

(C) 2020 Penny Wilson

 

 

 

Page Improvement


I’ve made some modifications to my page on Depression and Mental Health Help.  I was just copying and pasting every new post onto that page.  This made for a LOT of information.

Now, you will see a picture and a Title.  Click on the Title and it will take you directly to that particular post.  I think this makes the page much more appealing and easier to navigate.

If you’ve not visited this page on my blog, pop in and have a look around.  If you have additional, useful information that you would like to see added, please contact me.

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

 

Working on Us-Holiday season


Beckie over at Beckie’s Mental Mess does a “Working On Us” Series that is wonderful.  Please be sure to visit her blog, you’ll be surprised at how many wonderful things you will find!

Below are her questions for this particular post.  I don’t know if I have all the “rules” right or if I will be able to answer all of them, but I’ll try.

  • Write about a favorite holiday memory? One that is bittersweet.  I was just a little kid, 4 or 5 years old.  We were in dire straights. My mom, step-dad my three brothers and myself, were all staying in this one room hotel room.  I only remember one bed.  I had a pallet on the floor next to my baby brother.  My mother, with tears in her eyes, sat me down to tell me that there was no Santa Claus.  I remember telling my mom that it was ok, trying to comfort her.  Later on we all went to dinner at a local church, I believe. When we came back to the hotel room later that night, in the room were gifts for me and my brothers! We were thrilled!  My mom was in tears again. This time from joy. I remember telling my mom “See Mom, there IS a Santa Claus!” Years later I learned that the local church put the gifts in our room.  Sweet, happy and sad memory.
  • What was one of the funniest things that took place during the holiday season? Sorry, no answer here.  I guess we weren’t a funny family.
  • Share with us, your favorite holiday movie? Hands down, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  It is a MUST SEE every year.
  • Share with us, your favorite holiday song?  It used to be “Silver Bells” but now I think it’s “Mary Did You Know?” Beautiful!
  • Share with us, a funny holiday meme?
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  • What was the funniest gift you ever received? A pair of colorful knee high TOE SOCKS from one of my brothers’! Rainbow Toe Socks

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So be sure to head over to Beckie’s blog to check out the other posts and spend some time while you’re there.  Beckie’s blog is full of fun things and delightful surprises!

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

It’s OK To Ask For Help


Do you know a young adult or child that is struggling with depression, abuse, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, bullying, or other painful life event?  I discovered an AMAZING website that might help!  Go to YOUR LIFE YOUR VOICE .ORG   Call 1-800-448-3000  Or text to # 20121.  

This site has a ton of information on it!  You can text, chat, call, email your question or concern to get help.  They also have an App.  If you or someone you know needs help, check out this site!  Tell your friends!

Although this site seems to be aimed to young adults or kids, it has information on it that would be helpful to someone of any age.

Getting help for depression, suicide prevention and other difficult mental health issues is a subject that is important to me.  Please check out my page on Depression & Mental Health Help.  On this page, I’ve posted a lot of different articles on getting help for Mental Health issues.  

If you have contact information that I do not have listed on my Depression & Mental Health Help page,  please either leave the information in the comments below, or use my Contact page and send me an email and I will see about getting the information added to the page.

The Suicide Prevention Hotline, available 24/7 is 1-800-273-8255

A terrific website on this can be found HERE.

There is a site specifically to help our veterans.  Find that site HERE.

Is talking to someone too much for you?  It was for me at times.  There is a Crisis Text Line.  Text 741741 and you can text with a counselor.

Want to do an online chat?  There’s a site for that too.  Find it HERE.

You can even TWEET with a crisis counselor at @800273TALK on Twitter.

HERE is a link to many international phone #’s for Suicide Prevention.

This is a British number to help Children in crisis.  08001111

*Thank you, as always, for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny

…….. You’re Kidding Right? — A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!


REBLOG: Please don’t miss Rory’s important piece on Autism and mental health.  Let’s end the stigma!

…….. You’re Kidding Right?

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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

The Incoherent Relationship Between Mental Health And Spring — COMMUNITY NAP


Welcome to the happiness farm. It is Spring after all. You have probably heard the quote from Rainer Maria Rilke: “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” But unfortunately the past 25 years or so have been different and the rates of depression and anxiety amongst people, […]

via The Incoherent Relationship Between Mental Health And Spring — COMMUNITY NAP

My Life Started When I Almost Lost my Life — The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog


Please read about James’ courageous battle with mental health and its dire consequences.

How much pain that I put my mother threw on a daily basis. The people no longer a part of my life. How I could not remember a happy moment in four years. My soul was all but gone, the flame barely illuminated. I made the decision to live right then and there, I haven’t looked back since.

via My Life Started When I Almost Lost my Life — The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog

10 “Harmless Things” You Say That Hurt Me: Mental Health Awareness


I’ve blogged on mental illness on occasion here. Please read Elizabeth’s enlightening piece below.

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I’m letting my heart spill out through my keyboard… metaphorically, of course, and I’m offering it all to you. Today, I’m going to talk about my mental health. This is something that I’ve worked to conceal for a long time, mostly because of the negative stigma attached to mental illness. I’m sharing for two main reasons; (1) to educate people, and (2) to show people like me that they are not alone.

For the record: I’m living with Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder… In this post I’m sharing 10 “harmless things” that people have said to me that actually cause me a great deal of pain. I’m also sharing how they make me feel, and why, while giving you an inside look at my life.

So, these are the things I wish you wouldn’t say to me;

“You don’t look like you have a mental illness.”
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Mind Matters


If you look at the graphic above, you can see that a lot of things encompass Mental Health.  I’ve written about Mental Health before, particularly Depression, since I have had personal experience in this.

I usually watch CBS Sunday Morning on Sundays.  I woke up later than usual and missed a great deal of it, but happened to catch a piece that actress Glen Close was doing about Mental Health.  She has had personal experience with it as well because it runs in her family.  This is a link that will give you the highlights on the entire show’s broadcast.  There are some wonderful links included in the article that you should check out and a video of Glen Close’s interview.

Continue reading “Mind Matters”