I once had a call from a young man who was suicidal and just needed someone to talk to about his life and why he was feeling like letting go. Fortunately I sensed his aura the moment the phone rang and was somewhat prepared for the intensity of the call.
This type of situation walks a fine line for someone in my profession. I want to help those who call me but I’m not a medical doctor, a therapist, or psychiatrist.
We spoke for a while… he told me about many tough things in his life and how life seemed to be against him. I sensed that this man had a chemical imbalance, but again, I’m not a doctor so it’s not my place to diagnose someone with depression. What I did however, was encourage him to seek professional help. I then asked him to call me back after he went to the doctor.
This phone call had me thinking about my mental health. I’m very open about the fact that I’m in therapy. I believe everyone should be in therapy. In my 20's I was extremely moody, depressed and toyed with suicide. I was a virtual shut in. One day my sister encouraged me to go to a doctor and find out if I was clinically depressed. Guess what? I was. Years of therapy later (along with anti-depressants) I am a strong woman who’s very self-aware and very healthy.
Sadly, there’s still a stigma around getting help for anything to do with mental health. There are so many people out there that would benefit from help but are afraid they will be called “crazy.” Believe me, there’s nothing more helpful when life seems to be overwhelming than speaking to a therapist.
So readers, please take this very simple advice. If you struggle with getting up in the morning, if you feel that everything in your life is “too hard” or “too much,” if you cry or are angry for no apparent reason; and if you’re considering suicide, seek help from professionals. You will move past this dark time and be happy. But it takes work. And if I can do it, so can you. Life isn’t always happy for me, but I have my therapist, my tools and my anti-depressants. The combination keeps me at a very even keel.
What are my tools, you ask?
Be well readers!