Saturday, December 19, 2009

The NoStigmas Project

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 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 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.

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