Lyrics for the Times
If you ask me what’s on my mind, you probably wouldn’t believe it. If that line sounds familiar, you’d be correct because it’s from a B.O.B song. Song lyrics have a way of applying to a lot of different things in a lot of different ways. In light of recent events and the climate of today, I think it’s important to talk about mental health. I know, I know, everyone wants to talk about mental health now, but it’s important and it should be talked about.
What is Normal?
I don’t believe that I have depression or anxiety outside of something that many people would refer to as normal. However, I have and have had friends who do identify with depression. I’ve had friends on anti-depressants. Sometimes it’s difficult to relate to them or understand why they feel the way they feel, but I do understand the importance of trying to talk to them (when they want to talk) and listening. I currently think I do a poor job of checking on my friends, but I’m working on it.
Life is just too precious and too short to not live it to the fullest. Don’t hide behind (or allow yourself to be hidden behind) depression or mental illness. Now is the time to speak up or reach out for help. You don’t have to hide behind your shades anymore.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-PRIDE (800-246-7743)
Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860
The GLBT National Help Center at 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
The Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255
The Samaritan’s Crisis Hotline at 1-212-673-3000
The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673
The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7223
The National Crime Victim Helpline at 1-800-394-2255