What is exciting about AFSP in Wyoming, is that it's a grassroots movement. It's about the people, and the solutions are in the people.
If you are struggling with depression or another mental illness, you are not alone. Words of hope from others who have also struggled can help you through this difficult time:
Tell somebody you need some help. It's not something to be embarrassed about or hidden. It's real, it's painful, it hurts, and you are not alone.
I had my own struggles and issues with depression because I was in the process of losing my mom.
It wasn't one thing that pulled me out. I saw the destruction that my friend's suicide caused, and I really didn't want to do that to my family and friends.
The reason I was depressed and moody a lot was because I had something I really couldn't control, and I needed help with that.
The main thing is, it gets better. That's so cliche but it's true, and it doesn't take a million years.
I wasn't moving on past his death. By getting proactive and starting to look for ways I could help other people, it in turn helped me.
That's what really kind of stopped me in my tracks and made me realize how very little training we get as clinicians.
I knew that I had to ask for help, because I knew if I didn't, I was going to make that same choice that my brother did.