My dear girl, we’ll call her Rose, has been in my life for over a decade. Over the course of our friendship, she has taught me so much about a quiet killer that affects so many of us: mental illness. Rose has spent years of her life struggling to find balance and peace... To find the perfect blend of therapy, medication, meditation, prayer, exercise, and coffee to get to a place that most of us take for granted. That place being stable.
To wake up and take a shower and eat lunch and drive a car and pet a dog without crying, or screaming, or being confused and lost. We all deserve to have good days and bad days and just days… Not peaks and valleys and caves.
Rose is a personal hero of mine because of her strength and shining optimism, even after the storm. She has overcome so much, and become such a light to others who are still in the middle of their personal battles. And what I’m so damn proud of her for is that she NEVER GAVE UP.
In light of the devastating loss of Robin Williams, I think people should educate themselves a bit on more on mental health diseases.
For those who suffer, it’s not as easy as popping a pill and going to therapy every week. It’s a constant journey to a comfortable place. I wish everyone well on their own journeys.
Please check out the following sites, for education, support, and relief:
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
IMHRO Global Innovation for Brain Health
Bring Change 2 Mind,
established by Glenn Close for her sister.
Please don’t give up. You are loved and important and the warmth from the sun.
Also, the toll-free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor.