O Me! O Life! Hotline is Lifeline for Those In Crisis

Some things you can not undo. Like scratches on a freshly painted wall, or foot prints in the snow. But, it can be a mark that reminds you where you were. It can be an easily recalled imprint that you keep close in memory. 

(If you are in crisis, call1-800-273-TALK (8255) -- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

In fall 2012 we ran this story about a young woman who battled the demons of depression and courageously emerged from the darkness of that shadow ready to tell her story in the hopes that it would help someone else. It was an emotional journey for us, and her family who all reached out to personally thank us for running the piece. Many more identified with the symptoms and were able to find the strength to finally ask for her. In 2013, this young woman had a beautiful baby boy and successfully bought a house with her husband who plays an important role in her tale. She is still fighting to help others enduring depression.

(If you are in crisis, call1-800-273-TALK (8255) -- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

On September 21 at Warwick High School the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will we walking in Orange County for the annual Out of the Darkness Walk. You can donate directly to Michelle's Angel - the Gannon fundraising campaign HERE. During our research on depression we came across a lot of scary facts and statistics. The staggering reality is that according to recent data available through the Center for Disease Control 39,518 suicides were reported in 2011 (the most recent data available) making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

There is help. AFSP is a great resource.  They offer:

 prevention and education programs -- (See them)

identifying risk factors and warning sign - (See them)

Finding HELP -- (see them)

Calling for HELP -- If you are in crisis, call1-800-273-TALK (8255) -- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


In light of recent celebrity events...

I only have this to say -- inspired by Robin William's performance in Dead Poet's Society.

..."the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse."

O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman 

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.