July 4, 2015 | The Veil of Mental Illness | Alexa Moody
I've often said that it doesn't matter how many books you've read, degrees you've earned, or how many letters come after your name - you will never understand mental illness unless you've experienced one yourself.
This, I believe, is primarily what makes myself and the volunteers in Please Live qualified to talk about our experiences. We've been there. We know what it feels like to suffer in silence, to feel like we're drowning, and to believe that we are being perfectly logical when, in fact, we aren't.
Of course, the volunteers here also have training. We are mental health professionals. Simply experiencing a mental illness and being willing to talk about it does not qualify you to actually do so. There are certain guidelines that should be understood and followed regarding telling your story. See last month's blog post on those guidelines, if you are interested.
Today's post is to do my best to explain the mental state of someone who is sick with a mental illness such as depression or anxiety.
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2015 Out of the Darkness Walk | September 12 | City Island, Harrisburg PA
It's that time of year again! Please Live has put together a team to walk in this year's Out of the Darkness Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! Registration is open now, and we have our team t-shirts available for order on our online store. To learn more, visit our Facebook Event Page. Click here to order the team t-shirt, and click here to register for the walk!
QPR Training | Question, Persuade, Refer
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer - three steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR or the Heimlich Manuever help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Contact Us to set up a training.
Mental Health First Aid Training | Mental Wellness Awareness Association
Did you know you are more likley to encounter someone in a mental health crisis than in any medical crisis? This valuable training teaches you the skills to assess and intervene in a variety of mental health situations. Click here to visit our partners at the Mental Wellness Awareness Association for upcoming training events.
Looking for resources on Suicide & Depression? Here are a few of our favorites. For a complete list, check out our Resources page! Looking for Faith-based information? Check out our Love Life Ministries branch!