On April 25th, The Overnight is a walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. That is the date for Dallas. Other walks are planned for other major metropolitan cities. This is a sixteen mile hike. We will walk from dusk to dawn. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to prevent suicide.
Yes, I am walking. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a four star charity. Therefore, almost all of the money goes directly to the problem. If you so desire, I am asking those in my network for financial support. I am also inviting people to read my blogs on firstname.lastname@example.org. That blog has been set up as a step to introduce the book “There Are No Silver Bullets.” I am saying to the readers that proceeds from this book will go to the same place.
Suicide has been a problem. Being someone that is in recovery, this is a personal issue. I am no longer staying personal about my events in my past. By the grace of God, I am alive. Depression and mental illness is something that we still do not want to talk about. It is that shame that causes this problem, not to go away, but to fester. The stigma must be eradicated. With suicide being one of the leading causes of death, I am hoping that others will join or support mental health and suicide prevention.
I am not sure why this stigma continues. As a writer, my point is that our personal stories are sacred. When we share these sacred stories, something happens. Maybe, that is where spirituality is. By the sharing of these stories, we help the other. I am not alone. You are not alone. We have each other. This peer to peer sharing is where the process of healing is present. When we help others, we understand that, sometimes, our own pain eases. Whether one is depressed or not, it is not easy living on this planet. For much of my life, the world has evolved around me. I realized that this type of evolution is not healthy. In fact, it is harmful for both yourself and those that are close to you.