Hey. I know for some people, this year was great. And while I'm happy and grateful for your year of success, this post isn't for you.
I'm talking to you. The one who struggled and fought, and continues to struggle and fight. The one who has seen better days and has gone through immense hardship. I'm glad and thankful that you're here. While I can't promise you that everyday will be a good day, you are here. Right here, right now. You are a survivor.
It's okay to not be okay. Just take it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute and one breath at a time. The storms of life will come and go. It may not feel like it in the moment, but the pain will pass. If you need someone to help you through those storms, I will always be here for you. Please do not let anything deter you from reaching out. We may not be close, we may not see eye-to-eye on everything, and we may not even know each other at all. That does not change the fact that I am here to help in anyway I can.
I can't guarantee I'll always have the answers, but I promise you will have my undivided attention, free of judgement. And trust me, you are never a burden. Ever. Don't ever feel ashamed to reach out to me or someone else for help. Even if you don't feel comfortable reaching out to me, I hope you're able to find someone who you can go to help you through your darkest moments.
And if you know someone or suspect someone may need help. Reach out. Just remember to be calm, patient, understanding, and judgement free. Reach out and be proactive. This is not the time to be shy or beat around the bush. And if you are intimidated or fear saying the wrong thing, stop talking and just listen.
800-273-8255 - Suicide Hotline
800-334-4357 - Self Harm Hotline
800-656-4673 - National Sexual Assault Hotline
800-222-1222 - Poison Control Hotline
800-799-7233 - National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-656-4673 - Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network
800-262-2463 - National Help Line for Substance Abuse