Filling the Darkness

Depression is a darkness. It is an emptiness within. It is the place where your joy and your interests and your ability to engage with the world once existed, but depression steals those things away. And in its place it leaves an empty darkness. This emptiness, this darkness, it isn’t how humans are supposed to […]

Your Depression vs. Your Suicide

I included this quote yesterday, “I’d rather hear about your depression than your suicide.” It is a very important quote, but I cannot take full credit for it. It was shared from the ‘Enlightened Consciousness’ Facebook page. I’ve also seen it on the ‘St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church’s’ Facebook page, and it may very well have […]

Medication Monday: Esketamine

Given that it is still suicide awareness month, I wanted to use this week’s Medication Monday to talk about one of the newest players on the market. And one of the oldest. And perhaps one of the least understood. The drug I am talking about is esketamine, which may also be recognized by the brand […]

Is Suicide Ever Acceptable?

If we are talking about suicide as a symptom mental illness, I would say no, and I would hope that we can reduce the stigma surrounding suicide enough that those who are teetering on the edge can take a step back and get help. But in my opinion, there is one type of suicide, one […]

The Language of Suicide

Yesterday, I talked about how we need to open up about suicide, how we need to talk more about mental health. Today, I want to make sure we are talking about it using the right language.  Many people say ‘committed suicide,’ implying that it is a choice. It isn’t. Suicide is symptom of mental illness […]

Suicide Prevention Needs To Be More Than Just A Day or A Month

Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. September is Suicide Prevention Month. However, suicide prevention can’t be just about one day or one month. We can save lives, but first we must break the stigma.  We don’t talk about suicides, but if we did then some of the statistics would likely shock people. Suicide […]

Darkness Rising. Darkness Visible

I wrote on Saturday about how I felt the beginnings of a depression coming on and how I planned to focus on self-care to try to prevent it from getting worse. Well, here is one of the many truly shitty things about mental illness: you can do everything right and it will sometimes still get worse. And […]