Sometimes all you have to offer a person in deep emotional pain is not enough. It is not enough because of everything that has gone before. The stigma of mental health issues. The discrimination and judgement experienced because here they are presenting, yet again seeking treatment for an addiction.
Sometimes life is simply too hard … In the post that follows the story is about life’s harsh reality for Joe. I hope you will read it through and understand that there are many who struggle with hard judgements, disgust and professionals who give less than their best because sometimes the Joes of our communities are seen as undeserving because of their own poor choices.
“You see the giant and the shepherd in the valley and Elah and your eye is drawn to the man with the sword and shield and the glittering armor. But so much of what is beautiful and valuable in the world comes from the shepherd, who has more strength and purpose than we can ever imagine.”
I survived a suicide attempt, spent years in rehab centers, jails, psych hospitals. Now I have worked as a staff, and at times as a supervisor at these type of facilities.
However my friend, he did not. This is what suicide looks like. This is him after hanging himself, right before he died. February 25th 2010.
The difference between us is nothing except our resources. He grew up in rough environment, by that I mean school, neighborhood, friends, and life experiences.
I try to preach getting to know each patient…
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