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August, CCWalk, IntoTheSormTogether, SeptemberAwareness -

September is fast approaching, and my mind has been consumed with National Suicide Prevention Month – September 2020. Being in my childhood home, being in community, and experiencing being a part of a grassroots environment has never been so impactful as it has been like right now. Knowing that depression had set in, then eventually the act of suicide, claiming our child, and now as his fifth anniversary since his unnatural death, is coming up, the determination to keep suicide from claiming another, has never been strong. Question to the reader of this message: If there is one thing, you...

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IntoTheSormTogether, SeptemberAwareness -

WHY NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH IS IMPORTANT: www.nationatoday.com It promotes awareness Suicide prevention organizations aim to decrease suicides by 20 percent over the next seven years. In order to do this, they're making a conscious effort to talk about suicide — its warning signs, how to prevent it, how to discuss it, etc.— in school, at the workplace, and in politics. It starts a dialogue There's a stigma connected to suicide, so too often it's not talked about — and those who suffer from it feel they can't discuss it. Suicide Prevention Month helps to destigmatize this mental illness and...

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CCWalk, CommunityCompassion, IntoTheSormTogether, StartTalkingKeepTalking -

When we place stigmas before the cause then we will be no further ahead than we were yesterday. The cause of death was the act of suicide - It was my child’s depression that brought him to complete his act. He wasn’t crazy in the head, he was not a loony, he wasn’t bonkers, he didn’t as some put it “Off himself”, or “Commit sideways” The word is Suicide: It’s okay to say it - You won’t catch it The word is Suicide: It is not contagious, it is an action that he used to end his pain. We may...

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IntoTheSormTogether, StartTalkingKeepTalking, StopTheStigma -

When we left for a journey, I wasn’t sure what the trip was going to entail. I had a feeling, deep beyond the unknown that the emotions were going to surface. I wasn’t sure what I was going to feel, but this time I was going to challenge myself, far beyond anything I was ever challenged with before. Listening to stories, feeling the experiences and watching as transformation take place. I’ve seen the strong break down and cry, their tears are not from being weak, their tears are to show that they are strong enough! Crying isn’t being weak, crying...

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IntoTheSormTogether -

To reflect on lessons learned from others, the most impactful will always be - ”who I am and where I came from.” To look at oneself in the mirror, and see what the flaws are, realizing that these are flaws set out by society. Being Old, Going Gray, Obese, Intellectual Sound, but unable to verbalize it.. Then thinking ”What the actual F%#k” Thinking of life changing events and knowing that the greatest challenge is - forgiveness.. Feeling incomplete, inadequate, inconsistent and imbalanced. Always searching for the meaning of self...these are impacts of not forgiving. Not forgiving myself - for not...

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