To suffer and struggle is the human condition. Everyone experiences them. Here I share resources I’ve discovered which might help to ease the pain, make life or loss a little less overwhelming, or help to grow awareness and understanding of the struggle of others. This list will grow, please check back from time to time or suggest other resources in the comments section.
Depression and Anxiety:
Author and poet Adrian G. R. Scott eloquently and clearly describes his personal descent into severe anxiety and depression, what led him to that place, and what is helping him to recover. I highly recommend this piece to anyone who is struggling with these or wishes to better understand someone who is.
Forefront is an organization based at the University of Washington which works to grow awareness of suicide and suicide prevention as well legislating change in Washington state for greater education of health professionals and first responders in helping those suffering from depression and considering suicide.
This is a network of 164 crisis centers across the United States. It provides a phone line that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone in crisis to call and talk to a trained, empathetic person. If you are considering suicide, or feeling overwhelmed by life, or sinking into loneliness, please call. There are people who care. 1-800-273-8255
Loss and Grief:
Located in Seattle, for people living in the Puget Sound region, The Healing Center provides grief support to those who have lost a partner, spouse, or child and for children experiencing loss. I credit their support groups with helping me to survive what has been the most difficult year of my life. Every community should have such a caring and accepting place for people to grieve.