Music is one way most people struggling with mental health use as a tool to help navigate through dark times. With #covid19 nearly putting an end to touring the only way musicians get recognized is through word or mouth and social media. Please support the music community by purchasing new music and subscribing to their social media and channels. You can also show your support by following their music on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music or wherever music is streaming.
What’s in a name? I often wonder why or how people received unique and unusual names. The stories behind nicknames or birth names have always been interesting. I get questioned a lot about both. I’m ready to share how I acquired the nickname of Sunny Larue. Larue is my birth middle name. Yes I know it means “the street” in French but Sunny that’s a story. When asked about my nickname, I give that perfect I’m okay with you being so intrusive smile but really I’m very uncomfortable with your inquiry then my reply “It’s because of my smile”. Truthfully honest I hated both names because both names overtime have become identified with “my chum” aka bipolar. However in time with a lot of therapy and hard work I learned to accept what is giving to me. In this acceptance I taught myself the one rule that prevents the painful outside world into my head space. A rule I recently broke.
Hello all you champions of words, it’s been awhile since my last post. Actually it’s been some weeks since my last post, October 29th to be exact with the (Off The Wagon) post however I feel the need to express myself once again. It’s hard trying to guess where to start. It’s even harder waiting but when it’s all said and done it’s the change that makes or breaks us. I learned this truth living in a post Covid-19 world. Eight months ago life was normal now here’s three principles that play a role in our daily routine; START, WAIT and CHANGE. Today’s blog post is inspired by these words.
I can give you the standard definition of the word start but starting something is all interpretation of what the person is feeling. For me starting means making life time commitments and holding true to those commitments. Starting means there’s no room for failure, procrastinating or empty excuses. To start means to put one foot forward and keep walking no matter what.
As the late Tom Petty puts it so elegantly in the song The Waiting “the waiting is the hardest part” which holds some truth. Some people find themselves at a crossroads in which they’re waiting to start a change that is terrifying or how John Mayer nicely put it in his song Waiting For The World To Change “we keep on waiting for the world to change”. Let’s be clear, to wait has its advantage but it’s also a downfall because some people in this stage of life spend a lifetime waiting for change but do not know how to embrace and adapt. In other words they find themselve stuck in a moment they can’t get out of. Like a record playing over and over or being on a never ending merry-go-around. To wait means how we must adapt and embrace life moments. The good, the bad, the ugly and the indifference we must learn to adapt and embrace to it all or stay stuck.
We can’t start something or wait for that moment without change. To change is to face your fears. To change is to take ownership of your sh*t. To change is to grow. To change is to move forward. Some folks can never adapt to change and end up staying stuck in moments, choosing to stay in a time that has long passed. Never living in the moment and can’t see past the future. Some folks stay because they are too afraid of change. These things are interpretations and depend on the individual ability to adapt and embrace.
Change is a powerful entity that holds beauty if only we can see it. To start can be as beautiful just as beautiful as thousands of purple colored sunsets. To wait can bring joy and safety. Together these words can give life or take it away. It all depends on YOU!
Hello all you wizards of words, today’s blog is inspired by“Addiction”. There are many different faces of addiction. The two common known types of addiction are Substanceand Behavioral. This blog will focus on the behavioral side. When a person struggling with mental health a lot of bad behavior arise. There’s too much noise, too much dark. It’s very difficult to turn on the lights and keep them on. For this very reason some turns to drink and drugs. Others turns to spending or develop unhealthy relationships with food or self image. Like with any illness, understanding the triggers, the cause and condition is key.
Hello everyone, welcome to Confessions. I’m your host Sunny Larue known as the professional martini drinking blogger. This week’s episode we will visit my first blog as a mental health blogger “Repair My Armor”. As the year comes to a close, most of us are reflecting on many thoughts and feelings. It’s tough especially for someone struggling with mental health or disorder. Yes it’s true we have a lot to be thankful for, however, with Christmas and New Years looming coupled by a traumatic event like the death of a loved one surely makes it difficult to survive.
WARNING: this blog post is of the opinion of my own. I am not a licensed physician. I do not give out any medical advice. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self harm call 911 or contact The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255.
Hello all you wizards of words, today’s blog post is inspired by my tweet rant. October is breast cancer month, although I am sympathetic to anyone who been stricken with any type of cancer mental health is just as important. On October 1st all social media outlets, daytime talk show an news outlets showed their support in solidarity by wearing pink and or wearing the pink ribbon. Not once in all of September the month for National Suicide Prevention did any of these outlets wear the ribbon or the color in show of support.
What Color Are You?
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It’s a time for those who supports those who are suffering from mental health illness disorder or those who struggles with thoughts of suicide or self harming by reaching out. Giving people who feel their only option is suicide a chance to seek help in a healthy environment. It’s a beautiful community that I’m grateful to be apart of because I make no apology for sharing my and my family struggles with mental health. As I discovered, each illness comes with a ribbon as a symbol of solidarity and support. I showcase below what some of the ribbon and colors represents;
Purple represents National Suicide Prevention which is the subject of this blog post.
This Angers Me
I am damn angry that National Suicide Prevention Month didn’t get the same spotlight as Breast Cancer is getting right now. Everyone has shown support by wearing the color pink and the ribbon. The View, Ellen, Wendy Williams, The Talk, The Real, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Iheartradio, Google, Facebook, AT&T and Amazon show an ounce of interest. These outlets didn’t wear the green ribbon for mental health nor the purple ribbon for national suicide prevention nor have any survivors or people struggling at any tapings nor had any information added to their websites or social media.
This is disturbing because the minute a child gets bullied into suicide or a celebrity who is struggling take the final step, then all these people will be on social media crying about how sorry they are and wish they could do something in which case I find to be very hypocritical. Suicide is becoming the number one cause of death. In a few years suicide will over take cancer, heart disease and diabetes as the leading deaths among Americans. At this point it seem like we’re continually putting our heads in the sand until….
A Shocking Reminder
Here’s a list of celebrities and ordinary people who became famous as a result of their death. I did not add Chester Bennington, Chris Connell, Kate Spade, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams or Kurt Cobain because yes their unfortunate untimely deaths are tragic however they are well known. In other words, their names are sonomonist with suicide. My goal is to remind you of the people who aren’t so well known.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self harm call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 Stuart Adamson 43, musician “Big Country” suicide by hanging (2001) 2 Gia Marie Allemand 29, Reality TV celebrity suicide by hanging (2014) 3 Avicii 28, DJ & music producer suicide by self inflicted injuries (2018) 4 Simone Battle 25, constant on “The X Factor” suicide by hanging (2014) 5 Jadin Bell 15, teenager victim of bullying suicide by hanging (2014) 6 Anthony Bourdain 61, TV personality & chef suicide by hanging (2018) 7 Jonathan Brandis 27, Child actor suicide by hanging (2003) 8 Herman Brood 54, Musician & Painter suicide by jumping (2001) 9 Capital Steez 19, Rapper, musician suicide by jumping (2012) Steez tweeted his friends & family “I love you” his final tweet “the end” 10 Charlotte Dawson 47, Australian TV personality suicide undisclosed (2014) 11 George Eastman 77, Founder of Eastman Kodak suicide by gunshot (1932) George suicide note reads “To my friends my work is done, why wait” 12 Mark Fisher 48, Blogger “K-Punk” suicide undisclosed (2017) 13 Keith Flint 49, musician “The Prodigy” suicide by hanging (2019) 14 Ryan Freel 36, sport baseball “KCR” suicide by gunshot (2012) 15 Spalding Gray 62, Actor “Beaches” “Gray’s Anatomy” suicide by jumping (2004) 16 Richard Jeni 49, Comedian suicide by gunshot (2007) 17 Mindy McCready 37, Country music artist suicide by gunshot (2013) 18 Alexander McQueen 40, Fashion designer suicide by hanging (2010) 19 Phoebe Prince 15, Teenager victim of bullying suicide by hanging (2010) 20 David Reimer 38, Transgender reassignment suicide by gunshot (2004) 21 David Foster Wallace 46, Writer suicide by hanging (2018) 22 Lee Thompson Young 29, Actor “Friday Night Lights” suicide by gunshot (2013) 23 Tony Scott 68, Director “Top Gun” suicide by jumping (2012) 24 Jean Stein 83, Author & Editor suicide by jumping (2017) 25 Jon Paul Steuer 33, Actor “Quentin Grace Under Fire” suicide by gunshot (2018) for full listed referenced in this blog “List of Suicide In The 21st Century”
I Wear Purple Ribbon
These people are twenty-five out of a thousands plus, a list that continues to grow. As you sit and read this blog one out of five people are contemplating suicide. It’s important to keep spreading the word and breaking the stigma of mental health until there’s no more suicides. I will wear my green ribbon as a reminder to those who lost the battle. I will wear my purple ribbon in solidarity to those left behind. The truth is it doesn’t make much of a difference what ribbon you wear as long as you wear them all. Because these ideas are good bringing light to something as painful. It’s important to represent them ALL!
So, what color are you?
Me, I’m the rainbow.
I wear my Purple and Green ribbons along with Yellow, Black and Pink.
All of them are a presentation of humanity. I wear them all for YOU!
September is National Suicide Prevention month. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harm seek help immediately by dialing 911 or local emergency service or calling National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline 800-273-8255.
Hello all you freedom writers, today’s blog comes courtesy of unlikely and unconventional inspirational moments. When you think of inspiration most people think positive thinking or positive feelings or a special personal memory that feels them up with joy however, after spending time alone on isolation island, I found these inspirational moments aren’t as positive but more dark in nature. I need to understand where this unhealthy destructive behavior began and how to better manage my Chum because my episodes are getting more frequently intense.
Hello champions of words, today blog is quite unique in the guides that I followed advice from a dear friend who told me to write down your thoughts no matter what then when ready come back and visit. This is that blog. When I started the few sentences, I was coming out of an episode trying to connect back to familiar surroundings. At this point it has been eight days since I had a visit from my Chum. Its a strange thing what inspired me to write this down. Someone asked me specifically how is my mental health. The conversation started off innocently but I realized there’s so many misconception of bipolar.
Hello all you soulful words wizards, my normal routine of blogging posts are reserved for Wed and Fri weekly. Whatever I written over the course of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday if it’s any good I hold over until the next go-round, however, today post is different in the since that I can’t hold back this nagging itch. Its safe to say that at the start of this AM I was utterly discourage and outraged. In other words, my empty bowl became filled with lemons in which case turned into a homemade lemonade.
Hello words masters, today we all back at work from a long weekend that for us here in California seen a lot of rocking and rolling but despite all that I manage to quitely come down for yet another episode. Unlike the 7.1 magnitude quake we experienced, this episode was small but last longer than normal.
Hey all you wonders of words, today I am super excited to be asked by this beautiful organization Public Good Projects to be apart of their campaign #likeoneanother. Like One Another is a campaign aimed to reduce the stigma of mental health by showing that we all are much alike. This campaign has a huge following with many different backgrounds, walks of like all committed to bring mental health awareness to the forefront. I am honored to be apart of such a great organization.