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  • A Myth About Suicide
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    A Myth About Suicide A Myth About Suicide By Dr. Braden Daniels, Nationally Recognized Author and Speaker (Visit Dr. Daniels' website)   I have heard it said by those who do not fully understand suicide, “There is no such thing as an ATTEMPT at suicide. You either do it or you don’t. And if you don’t, you are only seeking attention.” This, in my experience, is a false statement. First and foremost, a person who claims they are considering suicide as a viable option should ALWAYS be taken seriously. We do not know the true intent of the individual contemplating suicide. We do not know whether they will or will not. Either way, it seems to me, a person idealizing suicide is in need of help, not judgement. Another myth involves a belief that those considering suicide are just looking at the world from their own perspective and don’t care how their actions affect those…
  • The Shame Fog
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    The Shame Fog The Shame Fog By Ed Kelly Jr (LPN/PSS)   I felt shame like a fog creep over my entire being choking and suffocating the life out of my spirit. It may sound like an exaggeration but that is how I felt. Funny thing about this shame-fog, I don’t remember opening any window to let it in. It just entered. But the shame-fog hurt. It was an internal pain just as intense as a broken kneecap; yet not localized but deep within and all over. I felt the fog of worthlessness and unworthiness permeating my entire being. I felt unloved and alone. I think fog is a good analogy for the shame of mental illness or the shame of self-stigma. I remember driving once through the hills of West Virginia and a blanket of fog move in without warning. It was so thick I could not see the yellow marker on…
  • Add to your tool-box: Two techniques to deal with stress-anxiety…
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    Add to your tool-box: Two techniques to deal with stress-anxiety…By Ed Kelly Jr (LPN/PSS) I would like to share this month two techniques that I use to deal with my anxiety problem. I have been dealing with anxiety as far back as I can remember. My mother also had problems with anxiety. When I was a teenager- she called me a “worry wart” and caught me “picking my fingers” (sometimes till they bled) and tried a home remedy on me- she placed a rubber band around my wrist and told me “every time you catch yourself picking your fingers, snap the rubber band. Well, sure enough, I stopped picking my fingers; but started a new habit- snapping the rubber band. Then later in my twenties, I began using marijuana and alcohol which helped me deal with life-yes, a bad coping mechanism. When I turned 40, I began to realize I did…

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