How is everyone doing? I hope you all are feeling ok and if you are not remember it is ok not to be ok. I am so tired of playing on the playground right now, the swings of moods one minute I am up and the next I am down and don’t get me started on the see-saw of anxiety. I just want to be and I find when I am like this I lose myself in the chaos that is my mind. But if I can live through this I can do anything, I may lose a battle now and then but I will win the war.
Blogmas day 8 is here if I am honest I really thought I would struggle to stick to this as I really am not the most organized person. So this is definitely helping me adding some structure to my life. Today’s blogmas post is one I was saving for a later time but I thought it is too important to save it for another day.
Blogmas day 8 – The Christmas Candle
The red candle was always my favorite candle it burnt brighter than all the others. Its flame always draws people in but kept them at a distance, not letting them close enough to see the flame was struggling to stay alight. So pretty and enchanting on the outside but that beauty held a secret….
The red candle had a flaw, a short wick and as the days went by the candle was running out of time and no one noticed. “Oh, what a lovely candle people would say” ignoring the smoke signals the candle was sending for help. Until one day the red candle didn’t light anymore, the red candle had burnt too bright and too fast and now was gone.
The red candle was clearly struggling but no one noticed, the red candle didn’t let people close enough to the flame to see it was broken.
The suicide rate around Christmas spikes, so many candles will be going out around the time of year. If you know someone is struggling or usually struggles this time of year just check on him or her, as that simple act of kindness can be a lifeline. If you are the one struggling to keep your flame a light please reach out to someone. As you are not alone!
Helplines and support groups – the UK
We know it can be difficult to pick up the phone, but reach out to somebody and let them know how you are feeling.
• Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
• PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
• Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information.
• Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
• Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
Until tomorrow people!
Take care all