One thing we don't talk about this time of year is that the holidays are very difficult for some people. For those dealing with mental health issues, the loss of a loved one, illness, financial or other issues, these stressors can lead to increased depression and even the risk of suicide.
The organization No Stigmas (on Twitter at @NoStigmas and on the web here) is a grassroots effort working to raise awareness and erase the stigmas of suicide and mental illness. This is done in part by sharing stories of hope.
Its site says:
NoStigmas™ is collecting survivor stories to inspire hope & erase stigmas; we want to hear yours! If your life has been touched by suicide and/or mental illness and your story needs to be heard, please firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this project.
The site also offers the following information for those in need of help. I urge you to visit it and support their good work.
Chat online with other survivors at SuicideGrief.com. If you need to talk to someone now, please call 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or visit the Lifeline for crisis services in the USA. Contact your healthcare professional or dial 911 in case of emergency.