I rarely promote other blogs. It’s not that there isn’t some amazing content out there, I just reserve this space for me and my thoughts – my little island to practice my writing. But here we are about three weeks from the anniversary of Jay’s death, a day or two after more celebrity suicides, and I made you all a promise to talk about some of the things that weigh heavy on my heart. I’ll get into that some tomorrow, but in the meantime, please read this piece by Wil Wheaton, and I want you to think of Jay. It gives you a little window into some of Jay’s personal struggles, and I am so thankful to Wil for standing up, putting a face on chronic depression and anxiety, and for putting himself out there.
My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.
If they can talk about it, there’s hope to survive the terrible pain nobody seems to notice
Thanks for raising awareness
His parents’ reaction /lack of was typical of that generation. Hide weakness and gut it up. Do not do anything to bring shame on the family.
His bulleted list is excellent. Pet that need walking are helpful – to get you out and into sunshine (which helps many) and as an social ice breaker – dog walking people generally chat a bit without pretenses – the dogs are endless topics of conversation.
There was an old book “Be glad you’re neurotic” Not a bad read, points out some good about it all as well as saying you’re not alone in this.
Society needs to find balance between “Gut it up” and “Oh, you poor thing…let me help you wallow in your misery”
Serious problem facing far too many – especially kids – these days…hidden so well. Deadly silence.