Tag: #mentalhealthawareness

All Mixed Up

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Introduction

Hello all your rockstars of words, today’s blog post is inspired by my love of music. I use music as a tool to keep my Chum quiet. Drowning out the noise that my Chum often provides when he’s knocking at the stage door, this particular memory is a good one. The Cars is my first musical love. The song All Mixed Up is my introduction to this great band. I had the pleasure of seeing them for the first time at eleven in 1982 at the US Festival. I enjoyed their live performance a total of seven times each appearance better than the last. I often blog about the impact Def Leppard and Franz Ferdinand music has had in my life but it all started with The Cars.

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ALL ABOUT DAVE

Introduction

Hello all you boo-static masters of words, today’s blog comes from one of my favorite independant actors and human activist Dave Vescio. Influenced by Dave’s twitter account, I thought it would be fun to answer some of Dave’s most intriguing questions. But before diving into these questions, here’s a little background on how Dave’s rags to wealth story came to light influencing a generation.

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ONE DARK PLACE

WARNING: This post is of an opinion and based on personal experience. Sunny Larue is not a licensed physician or licensed therapist. The information used for this blog is on research basis only. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self harm, dial 911 or local emergency operator or contact National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255. NSPH services are open to the public 24/7. If you are struggling with mental illness, mental disorder or know someone who is struggling and need more information or assistance contact your local Church, Mental Health Clinic, local Hospital or Healthcare Provider.

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Introduction

Hello all you beautiful words commanders, this is typically how I start off my blogs but with this post I want to try a different approach. This blog will showcase five short stories. These stories are a reflection of a person’s fight for survival in a world of darkness of gray. The lines between reality aren’t blurred but the interception of  one’s idea of what reality is. Like a series of freeways or highways that leads you back home. Feedback is always welcome but keep in mind this particular blog is intense. These stories are based upon real people who reads my blogs. All I ask is to be respectful. 

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COMING OUT

Introduction

Hello all you rockers of words, today blog is inspired by a conversation had by friends who shared different experiences of coming out. A very dear friend of mines a champion came out to me when we were twelve. I had no idea what “Gay” meant. I didn’t understand why he was trying to explain his feelings. I never looked at him differently because of that. “K” and I always have a love for two things BOYS and MOVIE QUOTES. I remember sitting in the bleachers at school during P.E. we would watch the boys and share in some interesting innocent sport-like banter. To this day he’s is one of my dearest friend who I will lay down my life for.

“Ouiser, I love you more than my luggage.”

Clairee Steel Magnolias 89′

Coming out in any capacity is difficult. It’s difficult to live in your truth under judgement. It takes a set of big brass balls to walk this path. Once out the world is a bigger place. Freedom to shed that old skin is refreshing.

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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!

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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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#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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BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD Second Time

Hello all you commanders or words, to my pleasant surprise, I am honored and humble to be a nominee for the Blogger Recognition Award for a second time. This time the nod comes from my friend and fellow #champion Chocoviv. Chocoviv is a mother and a lifestyle blogger. The one thing that I like about Chocoviv blogs is that she gives readers insight into books she have read anda vivid introduction into her world. Simply put she’s “brilliant”. You can follow Chocoviv on twitter @chocoviv and on her website Chocoviv Lifestyle Blog and don’t forget to subscribe.

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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’ 
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Catherine Mellen

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