This is a Really Real Mental Health Post.
Today my Facebook memories reminded me that one year ago I wrote a big, long, really real mental health post about suicidal thoughts I was having.
It was hard to go back and read those dark words from that dark space.
It took me back to that time where I got a message from a friend at just the right time to help me. A message letting me know that she was thinking of me, even though she had no idea I was in such a dark space.
This is one of the reasons I do what I do. So that a year from now I can see these words and remember where I was. I can see my growth and my progress. See the dark and also the light. I can also see how far my writing has come in that time.
Today I’m fighting depression, but the dark, suicidal thoughts are mostly quiet, only peeking their heads out but not taking hold. I have a plan to handle the pain that I’m in, which will hopefully give me some relief through the trip this weekend.
I still fight suicidal thoughts sometimes, nothing has really changed there, they still get really dark, really fast and I’m still learning how to sit with them without them becoming so dangerous.
I think I’ve gained a lot of skills in the last year, through my time in partial, and my time in DBT, but at the same time. I handle the flow of my moods a lot better.
Things may not change as far as my moods shifting and the suicidal thoughts coming, but how I handle them has changed and will continue to change and get better. I’m growing and learning and doing better.
And I still have amazing support around me, for which I’m quite thankful.