from around the world have joined together with inspiring
those who are suffering Depression or a mental Illness
to pick up the phone or talk to someone and ask for
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is so important to realise that every person goes
through bad times. Whether it’s financial troubles,
a broken heart, a failure at work, physical pain,
mental pain or it just feels like life has got
you beat – you are not alone. The worst, and most
common thing that you hear friends and family
say about someone who has taken their own life
is “We had no idea anything was wrong”.
If you feel like it’s all too hard, and ending
it seems like the only option, TELL SOMEONE...
ANYONE. Things can get bad in life, but they do
get better, and a lot of the time it’s because
there are people who are here to help. If you’re
having trouble coping, get in touch with Suicide
Awareness, they can help you.”
Dick Johnson Racing
would urge people to support this and people who
have been affected by someone taking their own
life. Many years ago I had a long term girlfriend
whose Dad remarried as his wife had died, his
new wife had a daughter around 25 years old and
together with her husband they had a child.
I have a clear memory of that small baby at about
6 months and remember it's cute face quite well
and how proud the parents were. About a year after
the child was born the whole family moved to Australia
where they settled down.
About 2 years ago I met up with that old girlfriend
who asked if I remembered the small baby from
about 20 years ago, she told me the child had
grown up and taken his own life, it struck me
quite hard because my only memory was of this
small baby's happy face.The
depth of pain that this must have caused the
parents is unimaginable, and a whole strange
world of unreality would now open up to them
mum always says to me now when things are at
their utmost worst in your life, you are probably
on the verge of a great breakthrough, it seems
to be true. I got extremely depressed when I
got divorced and didn't really care about my
life anymore, but I was on the verge of a great
new era that came along, and the things that
were good in my life like, music and my general
interest in stuff like psychology, philosophy,
surfing and dirt biking became much stronger
after I emerged from the 'swamp'.
I hope anyone who reads this who is feeling
bad about their life, please think, you may
be on the verge of a great new breakthrough!"
Nick Barrett "Pendragon" UK
life, every person is here to change the world.
How we do it depends on us and the chances we
are given. If we are not given the chances we
must make them ourselves."
have a gratitude rock (just a random rock I found
on the ground) and I keep it in my car near the
hand brake. Everytime I get into my car I hold
it tight and say aloud at least 5 things I am
grateful for. Most days include my dog Spritey
who is 15 now.
changes my whole mood by reminding me of the good
in my life. When you come from a place of gratitude
you feel rich. You never know who's life you are
touching or inspiring. Reaching out for help and
pulling through could encourage someone else to
do the same and save a life. Everyone has a special
something to contribute into the world.
just take longer than others to find out what
it is. I
hope you continue to find yours.
;-) Yolanda Thomas
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was
over…. it became a butterfly” anonymous.
is my favourite quote for many reasons, it always
You never know what is around the corner
low is followed by a high
are important lessons that help us grow
I need to ask myself “What is the lesson or
the higher good, I need to learn from these
feelings or this experience to become the free
like the butterfly?”
who and what I am this frees my spirit
of living is TRUE HAPPINESS
Reach out….you are never alone.
Be Curious about what’s ahead for you, it keeps
are many moments in our lives when we feel we have
hit the end of the road. This happens to every human
being in many different ways….YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Eliana Isis Dona
who has grown up with gay, lesbian, bi or transgender
feelings knows the pain of rejection and hopelessness
in the face of seemingly impossible dreams. The
thing I tell trans youth again and again is this:
Transition is never easy, it's never perfect,
it's never over. But it will get easier, it will
get better and it will stop mattering so much
as you move forward into a new life as your true
self. It can be done, and you can come out the
other side a happier person with a positive, fulfilling
you, and take care! Calpernia Addams
is a great healer. Circumstances, problems, situations
that may now seem insurmountable, will, in time,
change, or will at least become bearable.
Get help. Talk to people. Hang in there till the
It would be a tragedy to destroy your life, and
the lives of all those who are close to you, for
something that, in a while, may seem much less
It's a long road that has no turning, and before
you know it, you will be ever so grateful that
you reached out for help when you did.
Kind regards Kevin Johnson
hey my little friend,
it is all up to you to break down the group-pressure,
which is forcing you
life is a raw war that you have to fight
but I believe in you because you're one of a kind
saying no to them is the power that's in you
the strength that I respect, the force that hides
life is a raw war that you have to fight
but I believe in you because you're one of a kind
pressure that you fight, yes, those arseholes
with their might
you can resist them all, yes, you can bring them
JAN AG Agathocles
have known both depression and isolation during
my life living in regional Australia. Things
can get tough on the land and life can look
pretty bleak at times. Thankfully, however,
I have learned two very important things over
is that each and every one of us is special.
Remember this; there is only one person on earth
that looks, talks, walks and thinks like you.
And you are very special - just the way you
are. But that doesn't mean that life is always
other thing that I have learned is that there
are always people who care. There are many very
valuable resources out there and people who can
help when you are feeling isolated - and they
are only a phone call away.
always reach out when you are feeling down. And
remember, you are special and you have a reason
and a purpose for being here."
SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST FRIENDS TO SUICIDE....I CAN
WHOLEHEARTEDLY APPLAUDE THIS WORK ....AND HOPEFULLY
WE CAN KEEP MORE PEOPLE FROM HARM.....AND WORST
OF ALL SELF HARM.......SO STAY POSITIVE AND STAY
AROUND TO REALISE THAT NOTHING IS REALLY THAT
BAD......ITS ALL ABOUT AWARENESS......STAY SAFE
AND STAY HAPPY....LOVE AND PEACE.
(SUNRISE/ AUST RADIO NETWORK)
|No matter what, it's always
darkest before the dawn. Everyone goes through
hard times but not everyone gets to say they lived
through it - only those who make the choice to do
so. Pain is temporary. Nothing that's
ever worth doing is easy. What's worth doing
is life. In the end you get to say that despite
all the difficulties, you did it. Life is
just a bowl of cherries, you just got to swallow
the pits. Okay, all this positivity has exhausted
me, I have to go lie down now."
- Lewis Black
"If we didn't
have some low times how would we be able
to tell when the high times come?
And they will come eventually, good things take
time, but they are worth the wait. So keep your
chin up. And talk to Somebody, there's always
someone who will listen".
Lulu McClatchy, AKA SuperGirly.
'A long time ago someone gave
me a poster that simply said "Friends are
God's life preservers". In the years since
then I have come to know the
incredible importance of that simple statement,
both in having, and being a
friend. There have been times when they
my life has literally been
preserved because of that connection with another
person who in some way
understood what I was going through, who walked
with my in my shoes.
My prayer for everyone is that they will find
a friend when they need one -
sometimes it may even be on the other end of
the suicide help line.
Merelyn Carter of Carter & Carter
I recently wrote and recorded
a song about hitting rock bottom and not knowing
where to go or what to do. In part, it went like
dreams don't come true
It's death but not the end,
The powerful play goes on
And broken hearts mend.
But where you find the strength
Sometimes a prayer just won't do...
Where do you go and what do you do
When you've given it your best shot
And your dreams don't come true."
There are many answers
to that question and one of the best is to start
right here at the Suicide Awareness web site.
They might not have all the answers to all your
questions but you will find that you are not alone,
and there are people who do care whether you live
or die. They are waiting right here for your call.
Many thanks. Paul Buckberry
all else, talk to someone about how you are
feeling. I have suffered anxiety all my life,
and still do, and I have been depressed at times.
Depression is not a sentence; you can live a
normal life. Don’t be so hard on yourself, live
up to your own expectations, not someone else’s.
Don’t worry about the past or the future, live
in the now. Set yourself small goals to achieve
and build upon those.
you fail at something, and I have many times over,
try again. Failure is not to try at all. Don’t allow
negative thoughts to take control…just say ‘STOP’
to those thoughts and replace them with positive
thoughts. Always busy yourself and help those less
fortunate than yourself, you will be surprised how
this brings situations into perspective, and you
will feel good about yourself. Stay connected to
the community you live in. These are processes that
have helped me. I wish you peace of mind and success
in everything you aspire to achieve in…you can achieve,
and you can overcome any adversity”. Peace. George
(of the Dirt Settlers)
I've experienced depression on a number of occasions
plus the horrible feeling of paranoia that usually
arrives with it. I feel that I'm useless and nobody
likes me. The Black Dog creeps up on me after
pushing myself to the extreme (n terms of work)
or leaving my family & friends in Scotland to
come back to Australia. After a couple of weeks
it usually subsides and this is just due to receiving
a few phone calls reminding me that I'm needed
in the world. A kiss and a hug from my daughter
can do the trick too.
The BordererS have written a song about depression
called "There is Hope". We performed it and presented
it to Jeff Kennett at a Beyond Blue function in
Here are the words: THERE IS HOPE!
I woke up this morning with a dark cloud around
I didn't want to face the world, it's a feeling
I often get
Just want to be normal
Just want to be peaceful but fear keeps me in
But Oh, I know this frozen self pity will eventually
just melt. ( Everybody sing )
Na, na, na, na - There is hope
Na, na, na, na - There is hope, hope for us all
Na, na, na, na - There is hope.
I'll keep it simple. Say a prayer of peace
I feel serene and let things go for today at least
Believing life get's better
One day at a time
Progress not perfection, keeps my hope alive
Na, na, na, na - There is hope
Na,...................There is hope, hope for
Na,................... There is hope
As I rise up from the darkness
I know there'll be blue skies again
I'm viewing the world in a good light I'm losing,
I'm losing the fear inside
CHORUS TO FINISH
There's always a light at the end of the tunnell.
It's just that you can't see it sometimes. Please
seek help from your doctor or visit this website.
Life is God's gift. The devil doesn't want you
happy. He want's you drunk, drugged or dead.
Jim Paterson - The BordererS
you get in that place where you feel like you
just can't go on, reach out for help. There
are people who care, and who want to help you
realize that there really is hope. You will
find the strength deep inside yourself... you
have what it takes not only to survive, but
to shine in your own way. Life holds more than
you can know. There's a brand new day waiting
for you. You have the heart to do it! Stan
various times of the day I ask myself, "Where is
my focus?" In other words, "What am I focusing on
now...does it serve me?" That has stemmed from:
"Where am I? What's my focus? Where do I want to
be?" I have family that suffers from full-blown
schizophrenia so I have first-hand experience about
severe depression. I see my family member's focus
always goes back to the negative. It's the overiding
influence of his life. He was always that way. For
years it was undetected, undiagnosed and was allowed
to degenerate into the condition that it is now
and he may never come out of it because there are
people around him who treat the symptom and not
the source. That's where THEIR focus is. See how
important YOUR focus is. I have seen some extremely
helpful suggestions on these pages: 'gratitude stones',
inspirational music, physical movement and other
all designed to get you through the crap. I meditate
every day and it works for me, really works. Investigate
'theta' and 'beta' metronomes...they're an Australian
electronic invention that slows the brainwaves to
calm states. Stop your negative self-talk and turn
it around to celebration of life Turn off the media
and tune into what makes you happy. Surround yourself
with comedy. Oh yeah, I know a thing or two about
laughter...the most precious commodity there is.
All of these things help you get FOCUSED. Remember
you're not alone, ask for help, we're all in this
together. I sincerely hope this helps you. Cheers,
STARS 1 STARS