Robin Williams made us laugh and had us in stitches. Yet, there was a dark undercurrent that he could not overcome. He eventually took his life and we lost a great comic genius. This is a time of the year when many people are struggling. Quite a few people may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. There is also the barrage of advertisements for St. Valentine’s Day that can really further isolate someone who is lonely. I have struggled myself of late, but I reach out to my friends on Facebook and I am reminded that I matter.
I want to share a card that a friend sent me. I have been struggling lately, but this reminded me that my light must never dim.
The world needs your voice. It needs your talents. It needs you. No matter what, know that a lot of people are pulling for you every step of the way.
Living alone can be hard. There have been a few times when I have hit a nadir and felt that I was unwanted and unloved. Fortunately, I posted those feelings on Facebook and there was an immediate response and outpouring of love. For all we complain about Facebook, it does serve as a connection, a lifeline, for those who are alone.
I was reminded last night that this time of year can be the hardest for people alone. The days are short which contributes to SAD. We also get inundated with Valentine’s Day commercials, ads, and messages. I posted the other day about how sometimes the strong people are the ones struggling. I do not want to lose a single friend due to suicide. Please, reach out.
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a real human. No judgment—just straight-up listening.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255
YouthLine — Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline — 1-800-422-4453
National Domestic Violence Hotline — 1-800-799-7233
National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline — 1-855-812-1001
RAINN — 1-800-656-4673
RAINN’s (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
The Trevor Project — 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
Trans Lifeline — 1-877-565-8860
You are never alone! My heart to your heart, one heart, one spirit.