Sometimes the world we live in is a terrifying, frustrating, and ugly place. Sometimes things happen that don’t really make sense. Sometimes your neighbors play really crappy music and cough like a crack addict when you’re trying to relax and enjoy your hammock in the back yard.
There aren’t always answers to crappy things in life. I wish there were… but, like John Green likes to remind us, this world isn’t a wish granting factory.
So, what do you do when all of that just feels like too much? What do you do when you don’t think you can do it anymore? In light of recent events and the passing of the great Robin Williams, I just want to take a minute and tell you, dear reader, that you are cared for. You are worthy. You are not a bother to others. Your life is worth living.
If ever you should find yourself in that dark place and you just don’t know if it’s worth working through… please reach out. Talk to someone… family, friend, counselor, or someone at the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255).
Or, maybe you never go to that dark place yourself, but you think someone you know needs help? Did you know that you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline too? They can help you decide what to do and how best to help someone else. Call right away if you recognize any of the following warning signs:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Of course, if you recognize that a person is in immediate danger, call 911 and get immediate help. Even if someone doesn’t want to talk or be hospitalized, if there is a real threat of harm to the self or others, they may be taken in for what’s called a psychiatric hold. Usually this means a short stay in a hospital or other mental health facility until they are able to be sent home or other arrangements are made for safety.
I hope that, even despite the tragedies in life, you look for the little blessings. Seek out the good and soak it up. If you’re affected or even triggered by things in the news, put it away. You don’t have to follow the details… in fact, it’s probably better if none of us do.
Take care of each other… it’s a dark world we live in sometimes and nobody should have to face it alone.