Originally, this week’s post was going to be on tips on working with photographers, but that can wait for another time.
Last weekend, I received a phone call that one of my extended family members had committed suicide. It’s tragic to have this happen to anyone’s family or friends, especially when it seems like there’s no warning. Perhaps it’s a cliché, but sometimes it’s hard to tell just how much people are hurting inside. My heart breaks for his wife and kids as well, who are now grieving.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no expert on depression or suicide assistance. I struggled with dark thoughts in my early teen years, but I was lucky enough rid myself of them. Not everyone is so fortunate. All I know is that if anyone out there is struggling with depression, overwhelmed with the pain of life, or is thinking about harming themselves, you are not alone. I have no doubt that it’s hard to ask for help, but there are options. Whether it’s a confiding in a close friend, others struggling with similar issues, or a third-party organization- You don’t have to deal with this by yourself.
Below are links to the suicide prevention hotline (if you need to talk to a stranger) and website (if you’d rather non-verbally communicate):
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
And if you’d prefer, message me. I am happy to talk to anyone. Seriously. That’s what the cosplay community is all about: Having fun as our favorite characters and supporting one another.
Together, it gets better.