This Jarring Photo Series (and mini documentary) Captures What PTSD Really Looks Like

TW – Graphic images, suicide

These powerful images are extremely important. As one woman mentions in the short video at the bottom of the page, it’s one thing to hear a statistic but it’s another to be faced with an image. I like that each veteran had choice over how they wanted their images to look. They are so full of emotion and truth, and I am honoured by their vulnerability and strength. I feel that this conversation is important not just for those serving in the armed forces, but for police, firefighters and other first responders, as well as survivors of all forms of abuse and other traumas. It is important to shed a light on PTSD and to support those suffering. Part of that starts with education and really listening when folks share their experiences.

Find all the photos and the mini documentary HERE

War Machine’s Suicide Note Blames ‘Men’s Oppression’ For Making Him Best His ExGirlfriend

Some may remember a few months ago when MMA fighter ‘war machine’ beat the shit out of his exgirlfriend Christy Mack, breaking her rib, puncturing her liver, and breaking her teeth among other injuries. Luckily she managed to escape while he went looking for a sharper knife to kill her with (!!!!!!!)
So now her has attempted suicide while being held in lockup. He wrote a three page suicide note, in which he only takes partial responsibility for ‘Christy getting hurt’, and was found gasping for air. He is now in isolation.
I am beyond angry this morning so I’ll leave you with this break down HERE

Robin Williams Was Loved, but Love Doesn’t Cure Mental Illness

This perspective was one that I feel sorely lacking from the current discourse on mental illness brought into the light by Robin Williams tragic passing yesterday.

“There were a lot of comments on Twitter about how much Robin Williams was loved and what a shame that he didn’t know it. I didn’t know Robin Williams, but I bet he did know that he was loved. I know that I am loved. Maybe not on a Robin Williams scale, but I have friends and family who would do anything for me, and I absolutely know this. But there comes a point where love does not matter…..Mental illness is an indiscriminate killer, one that I have been outrunning for years. So many of us are, and not all of us survive, and a tragedy like this reminds you how real the danger is. One problem is, it’s easy for most people to go back to forgetting.”

Check it out in full HERE 

Resources On Depression

After the passing of Robin Williams today I felt it especially poignant to compile some kind of listing of resources for those suffering with, knowing something suffering with, or wanting to know more about what it is like to suffer with depression. Seeing the outpouring of love on my social media right now for Mr. Williams makes me wonder if that would have made a difference in his decision to end his life today.

If you are suffering you are NOT alone. Please check out some of the references below. I will continue to provide updates with new links as I find/receive them. Any that you would like to share in the comments would be truly appreciated!

Suicide Hotlines

5 Myths about Mental Illness 

Jumpers – Words from survivors of suicide attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge

Mothering with Mental Illness – One mother shares her experiences parenting with mental illness

Connex Ontario Health Services Information (CANADA)

Canadian Mental Health Association

Partners For Mental Health – Helping end the stigma surrounding mental illness, great resource for shared personal experiences with mental illness

Stephen Fry’s Response to a Fan

My Mental Health – Great general resource

“But to have everyone express shock and wonder that you’ve got a mental illness only serves to increase your sense of alienation.” – One man’s experience

And another’s…

And this persons experience, complete with illustrations

Video – What Causes Depression?

Ted Talk on Mental Illness (Stigma, health, experience, etc)

Self harm prevention tumblr – http://www.tumblr.com/search/self%20harm%20prevention

Taking Care of Yourself While Supporting a Loved One

This woman’s experience as well

21 Comics That Capture the Frustrations of Depression

21 Things No One Tells You About Being Depressed

Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves – “Be there when they need you, and keep being there even when they stop being funny.” <—-THIS (cracked.com)

 

 

One of the most accurate descriptions of what it’s like to suffer with depression that I’ve ever heard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUHcc7ipGt0

Substance Abuse and Suicide Risk 35

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What a Terrible Loss, Robin Williams Dead of Apparent Suicide at 63

I am really at a loss for words. What a tragic end to a brilliant life. Safe travels to the spirit world Robin Williams.

Amnesty International Commercial – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZUudkpUCJc

 

Robin Williams AMA on Reddit

If you or someone you know is stuggling with mental illness please do not hesitate to reach out for help. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

Opinion: For Ians Sake – Change (police and mental illness)

“Every officer reading this knows it’s true. But what do we do? Nothing. We are trained to have answers, to hide weakness, and to control situations. We are the ones who respond when help is needed. So we cover it up. We hide our emotions, gloss over the problems and hope we can ride it out. Any attempt to seek out help voluntarily results in a stigma and is essentially a career killer for us. If we end up having an emotional breakdown and are ordered off duty, we are marginalized and abandoned. We have witnessed this happen to friends and colleagues before us.”

Anonymous, but frank and honest. While this career is a choice, sometimes I feel made for personal fulfillment rather than a desire to serve and protect, it’s important to have supports in place because the reality of this experience when lived professionally is quite difficult. Like most people in dominant culture, there is a stigma that comes when officers seek help, when showing any ‘weakness’, when dealing with increased signs of mental illness. The solution is not to shame these individuals then put them in a crisis situation with a deadly weapon. We’re all human and deserve compassion and a chance at understanding.
What are your thoughts?

opinion piece – for Ian’s sake