Former TV journalist Lauren Hope is spreading awareness about mental health and has started the initiative through the United Nations General Assembly. “I just want to be a voice for people that are struggling” she said. Hope struggled with depression for several years and later quit her job, survived suicide and became homeless. Faith in the Almighty, help from some strangers, medication and counseling helped her overcome the struggles and evolve into a better human being. She now works as a peer recovery specialist in the Hampton Roads area to help people in crisis.
Hope does not mind sharing her story and shared it with a purpose to help people shed the stigma associated with mental illnesses. That’s the reason why she decided to inspire others on the Mental Health Advocacy day at the General Assembly. She is glad “because people have been able to see me get up, it makes them feel like they can get up too.” She is also associating with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to press for increased sponsorship to facilitate community service boards, permanent housing for people grappling with serious mental illness and also for Medicaid expansion. She hopes to do something for millions for people who cannot access health care services because of the lack of insurance and their lack of willingness to seek support. After the Mental Health Advocacy Day, she plans to participate in a retreat in Richmond which will be centered around mental illness.
Tips to overcome suicidal thoughts
Sometimes, nothing goes as planned and one might feel dejected and saturated. That is the moment when one might feel so vulnerable that he or she actually starts having suicidal thoughts. During those moments, it is important to remember that suicide is not a solution. No matter what happens, there is always a way out. If the person shows some resilience and adopts a few strategies, it can help him/her to tide over the suicidal thoughts and believe in living again.
Dealing with mental illness
The beauty of life is that it keeps on throwing challenges to us so that we keep on evolving at all fronts and do not entertain negative thoughts. However, if we are unable to lift the blanket of negativity, we should not think twice about reaching out for professional support, which can help us in resolving our behavioral issues and other underlying problems like addiction.
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