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sherrigamblin:

importantbasementmiracle:

widchadidcha:

On the 16th of April it will be Semicolon Day. Every year my family draw a semicolon on our wrists, some have had their semicolon tattooed. Why do we do this? Let me tell you a bit about my family.

I was diagnosed with major depressive illness, panic disorder and OCD, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have them. I do not self harm, but I have been suicidal many times. As my mental illness is genetic, it has been passed onto 2 of my 3 children. My husband and our youngest son do not have it.

My son was diagnosed when he was 8 years old with major depressive illness, anxiety disorder and ADHD. He does not self harm, but has been suicidal many times and has had many attempts at trying to end his life.

My daughter was also 8 years old when she was diagnosed with major depressive illness, anxiety disorder, OCD and ADHD. She does self harm. She also has been suicidal many times and has had many attempts to take her life.

For the 3 of us it is a lifetime illness. We keep in regular contact with our psychiatrists, who manage the variety of medications we take. We also see our psychologists regularly, my kids see theirs every fortnight. We have found that any longer in between visits and things can start rolling down that hill.

I do not want or need your sympathy, pity or anything along those lines. We are fine, we do not feel we have been given a bum deal in life. We are totally accepting of the hand we have been dealt. We deal with it the best way we can and get on with it. The 3 of us have relapsed too many times to count, but that’s how mental illness rolls. Having said that, we could not do this on our own, we need the help of our mental health teams.

We refuse to live under the seriousness or the heaviness of the subject of mental illness. We laugh, joke and poke fun at ourselves and each other all the time. My husband and I have raised our kids to talk openly about it and not to be ashamed or hide it. We have tried to prepared them that they may encounter people who are not open to the subject or to them. We have instilled in them that if they do encounter those people, they are the ones with the issue and it’s theirs to deal with not yours. We refuse to perpetuate the stigma attached to mental illness.

 My daughter is the one out of us that has been bullied, discriminated against, had insensitive and inappropriate comments said to her, and not one of these from a child. Yep, all from adults, and educated adults that knew her history. She didn’t get to finish and graduate high school as I was asked to not bring her back in the new year. Her high school considered this kid that consistently made A’s and B’s too much work. It was too much work to give the extra support that they were required to provide. Worse still, the principle did not want the name of his school associated with a student with mental illness who was currently having a relapse.

Why am I tell you all of this? I want people wherever you live in the world to be aware and educate themselves about mental health. Not only in general but especially kids with mental illness. They need and deserve some understanding. I want people to have conversations with their children, I want teachers to start dialogues with their students. I want discussions about tolerance, acceptance, understanding and support. I want to encourage people to speak up, to tell their story. I want to raise awareness.

What do I want from you? To reblog and get the message out. To start having those conversations, raising awareness and educate. To talk about the negative and the positive sides of living with mental illness. Thank you all for taking the time to read this.

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ON APRIL 16, 2018

EVERYONE WHO IS FEELING SUICIDAL,

STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS,

LIVING WITH ANXIETY AND/OR DEPRESSION,

SELF HARMING,

SURVIVING A BROKEN HEART,

OR LEARNING TO LIVE WITHOUT A LOVED ONE,

DRAW A SEMICOLON ON YOUR WRIST.

A SEMICOLON REPRESENTS A SENTENCE THE AUTHOR COULD’VE ENDED, BUT CHOSE NOT TO.

THE AUTHOR IS YOU AND THE SENTENCE IS YOUR LIFE. 

Post a picture of your semicolon,
Weather it is drawn on your arm,Or tattooed, we want to see it. 

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