Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Not Just a Text.

So, have you ever been so depressed, so low you just knew you couldn’t find your way back, so helpless you thought of ending yourself, knowing you were going to burn for it?  We’ve been there for sure.

Yesterday, I saw this on Joey’s FB feed:

Did you know that if you text "Home" to 741741 when you are feeling depressed, sad, or going through any kind of emotional crisis, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger ones, prefer text to talking on the phone. It's a free service to anyone-- teens, adults, etc.-- who lives in the US.

Depression is real, you are not alone.

People rag on smart phones, saying how bad they are for kids’ interaction, and we all here news stories of people getting in wrecks, because their mug was on their phone instead on the road.  This is something good from the technology.

It’s hard to talk to someone face-to-face, be it a friend, fam, or even a shrink, which a lot of people think is easier, because the shrink’s outside whoever’s inner circle.  We can say things to people we may or may not ever see again…it’s kind of like internal liquid courage.  HOWEVER, it’s still a physical body you have to see, whether they show it or not, you think you can see a smidgen of judgment.  Texting fixes all that, and feelings get out, connections get made.

Doing some research, Canadians text 686868.  Internationally, the Mental Health Innovation Network is available.

Life can feel lonely…especially around the holidays.  Know you’re not…ever.

Be good to each other.


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