I Will Be Strong

August 31, 2016 / Alex Hanna  / 
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Today. I will be strong. I will be happy.

Everything in life is possible because of our experiences. I have been weak - down on my knees begging for help. I have been sad, hopeless, unable to help myself. But I have survived. And because of that adversity, I stand strong. 

I’ve been having a hard time lately. I have most definitely not been strong; I have generally not been happy. I will admit that to you all today. But what I have been is supported. I am eternally thankful that when I am not able to support myself, others in my life are able and willing to catch me before I hit the ground; they help me see when I am blind. While lost at sea, they help steer my ship in the right direction; opening my eyes to faint light in the distance calling me to safety.

Nobody is able to carry another without reprieve. We all take turns supporting one another, through our good times and our dark times. We help each other see what has been lost from sight. We help each other steer toward the light.


Part 3 - My Story…The Tale of a Good Samaritan

August 17, 2016 / Danei Edelen  / 
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My Dance with Death…

If you would see me today, you would never imagine me as a person who had tried to take her own life. That’s the point. According to the National Mental Health Association, a 2000 study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that approximately 25 to 50 percent of patients with bipolar attempt suicide at least once  (1).

I will always regret that my family was not educated about my mental illness sooner. Now that I am in recovery, I can rationally understand how life gets busy. But just like my psychologist explained, I was sitting in that pit with my entire psychological house broken into a thousand pieces during that time. I was confused, having difficulty focusing; I felt overwhelmed, vulnerable and afraid. As I watched them seemingly walk blithely away saying, “I’ll be praying for you! Call me if you need anything!” I reached up my arm to stop them but my wrist was missing pieces. I cried for help, but hadn’t put my mouth together yet. I remember endless days of feeling so lonely that it ached in my bones - my foundation crumbling from beneath me. Luckily, a Good Samaritan came along. (more…)

Part 2 - The Signs…Recognizing a Friend in Need

August 3, 2016 / Danei Edelen  / 
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Challenge the Storm is not certified to provide professional medical advice, and does not attempt to diagnose any mental health condition. This article presents various warning signs, that should be used to identify possible risks. An evaluation should be sought from a mental health professional in order to receive a proper diagnosis.

Understanding mental illness and learning how to identify those in need, including those who may be fighting thoughts of suicide, is becoming increasingly important. As the number who suffer from mental illness, and as the rate of suicide increases, we must continue to become more educated about the issues so many of us face. This education is a vital asset; it allows you to recognize a friend in need, and to spring into action if, and when, the need arises. Are you prepared?



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