Tag: #mentaldisorder

WHAT COLOR ARE YOU?

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.

Introduction

What color are you? Are you pink for breast cancer? Black for fallen officer?  Are you Green for Mental Health or Purple for Suicide? It's hard to tell these days. Me I'm for all the ribbons.

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.

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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;

YELLOW represents “Prisoners of War” (POWs)

RED represents “blood cancer” and “heart disease”

BLACK represents “in mourning” or “fallen officer”

GREEN represents “bipolar” or “mental illness”

For Awareness Ribbons and their symbolism

Purple represents National Suicide Prevention which is the subject of this blog post.

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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….

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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”

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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!

Until Next Time….

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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.

For more information contact
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Introduction

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.

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STRANGER THINGS

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.

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LEMONS


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.

“Lemon juice makes all cocktails better”

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CLOSED FOR BUSINESS

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.

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#LIKEONEANOTHER

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.

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THE HIGH CARD


The High Card

Hello all you wizards of words, it’s been a while since I blog. Well not true, I write everyday but a lot of my material doesn’t see the light of day. This thought, however, I been working on for a while now. I finally got the idea incoherent sentences because not everyone speaks Sunny Larue right. With this blog post I’m taking a different approach. Many of my ideas for a blog are inspired by my journal entry. When I tackled this reincarnation, I promised to be truthful in regards to my mental disorder or “Chum”. In fact, to be as brutally honest not matter how hard the topic is. Well what’s more honest then journal entries. I been holding back this side of my Chum. It’s very scary place the the dark side of my Chum. It’s a place of the unknown with little to no control. The links throughout this post are materials that helped me get through this episode.
This post is from my journal entry titled: “The High Card” May 30, 2019

Choosing Needles Over Opioids… A Pain Management ‘Case Study’ 
by
Catherine Mellen

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

D I S C L A I M E R! I am not a licensed healthcare professional. This blog is based on my own personal opinion and experience and not to be used as a self diagnosis guide. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, self harm or showing any symptoms of depression; SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FROM A LICENSE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL or contact your local {Police Department}, {Fire Department}, {Hospital} or contact one of these facilities listed below or dial 9 1 1;

Vantage Point
National Institute of Mental Health
Substance Abused and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) 

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RÉPARER MA ARMURE! Repair My Armor

A dear friend once told me to write no matter what I do just write.  Take five mins to write down any thought & do this everyday then before you know it that one sentence will be a paragraph then that paragraph will be a blog then reflect on that idea or thoughts and the process. 

Thank you Paulie for the sound advice, you are a truly great friend & a champion I am honored to have in my corner.

I say this because as of late I have been uninspired to do something I love to do.  Writing is my passion, I love to see the thought process behind the madness.  Taking one single idea turning it over to my imagination creating this world on a blank canvas that didn’t exist before.  I use to write clever, engaging blogs about reality TV stars the episodes they appear in and interviews or appearances.

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