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Veterans, Suicide, War and Peace

Monday, November 11th, 2013

shutterstock_124583140“If men could learn from history—what lessons it might teach us! But Passion and Party blind our eyes, and the light which Experience gives is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind us!”—Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

WARNING: Please Read at Your Own Risk! The Topic(s) of  Suicide, War, Death may paint too graphic a picture for some of us sensitive folks (like me). If these topics and word pictures could be an emotional trigger for You, please use your own discretion about reading any further.

What are we learning as Interdependent-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life in need of one another and in need of our home, this beautiful planet, Earth??

What I’ve learned as Fragile Life, Partner, Caregiver, Mother, Friend??

Read on If You care to find out;)

The so-called sick need help! The so-called healthy need help! WE ALL NEED HELP (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual) including Veterans!

All of us need Peace and no more war!:) We all need Wellness! and anger, war, fighting, conflict will not bring us there!  All of us need Peace and no more war IF we wish to achieve Wellness and Longevity of Living!

Levi Derby, who hanged himself in his grandfather’s garage in Illinois on April 5, 2007 […]was haunted, says his mother, Judy Caspar, by an Afghan child’s death. He had handed the girl a bottle of water, and when she came forward to take it, she stepped on a land mine.

When Derby returned home, he locked himself in a motel room for days. Caspar saw a vacant stare in her son’s eyes. A while later, Derby was called up for a tour of Iraq. He didn’t want to kill again. He went AWOL and finally agreed to a dishonorable discharge.

Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That’s a suicide every 65 minutes. As shocking as the number is, it may actually be higher. The figure, released by the Department of Veterans Affairs in February. Who wasn’t counted?…

Constant Vigilance Necessary for Suicide Prevention

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Please click here to go to the main World Suicide Prevention Day Web page

If you or a friend are considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-(8255). It is free and confidential.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

How many seconds did it take You to read the opening lines of this post?

How many minutes will it take You to read this entire post?

What’s a few seconds or a couple minutes of your time?!

Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.

A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. […]Yet a significant number of those with mental illnesses who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death. In many instances there are insufficient services available to assist those in need at times of crisis.

This lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behaviour. This type of stigma, which is deeply rooted in most societies, can arise for different reasons. One of the causes of stigma is a simple lack of knowledge – that is, ignorance. ~ International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

PLEASE Consider this:

 In China, which accounts for 25 percent of all the world’s suicides, an average of 287,000 people—or one every 2 minutes—commit suicide every year, and 2,000,000 attempt suicide but are unsuccessful, according to data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death in China but it has become the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 34. ~

How SAD:( that many mentally ill folks do not have …

Caregiving & Coping with Disturbing Behavior: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Monday, May 27th, 2013

WARNING: Before reading this blog, please note the topic of Self-Injury or Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), may be very difficult for some to take! Please read at your own discretion and risk.

(Please know: I have my Husband’s permission to publicly speak about this private matter.)

This post could be liken to fingernails scraping a blackboard or worse; SORRY! ‘Brave’ enough? – Read on:

Caregiving and coping with the very disturbing behavior of a mentally ill partner is like playing and surviving an extremely dangerous sport!

(FYI: As a Mother of 4, who doesn’t want her kids or anyone’s getting hurt, I don’t recommend extreme sports!) Can we have fun without endangering ourselves or getting hurt? Okay, THANKS for listening; enough mothering for now.  Back to the topic at hand: NSSI.

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 Learning to Survive the Emotional Tsunami…

Cutting, Burning and…Poetry? Oh My!
Being married to Mental Health Humor cartoonist, Chato Stewart, for over two decades has been filled with ups and downs. VERY HIGH-HIGHS and very low-lows…extreme ebbs and flows. Our courtship and first half of marriage was beautiful, loving, joy-filled times–blessed to have married the man of my dreams and then unsuspectingly appearing (due to illness)…the man of my nightmares…the full-blown, extreme-range of intense joy and intense pain, intense emotions is beyond the limitations of my words. Chato at 19

CHATO is one of my greatest teachers!:) Important lessons of love, forgiveness and compassion i’ve learned through our life and struggles together. Looking back to the early years of our relationship, I can see some signs of hypomanic episodes now.

At the time, he enjoyed sweets and Chato learned to think of his mood swings as …

Suicide Prevention – Constant Vigilance and Ongoing Education

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Please note: before publishing this I discussed the post with my husband to make sure he was okay/comfortable with me talking about his struggle with suicidal thinking. His response was positive.

As the constant advocate, he feels it will be therapeutic for me as well helpful to others to talk about this difficult topic. The issues of suicide and caregiving, and loving and living with a suicidal partner can be very distressing to say the least. Together, caregivers, partners, family and friends can help each other press on…choose life!
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My heart and thoughts go out to all the people who have lost a loved one to suicide! Whenever someone in the public eye dies unexpectedly of apparent suicide (like O. J. Murdock and others), it opens up difficult dialogue. As a Caregiver and partner, this is one aspect of my husband’s illness that is very scarey! It just reminds me of the need for constant vigilance and on-going education.

My husband has been a mental health advocate for many years now. His advocacy started in Sarasota, Florida after suffering a major Bipolar episode leading to a suicide attempt and then hospitalization. He has talked about it many times, yet it still scares me.


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