Hope In The Darkness

“The souls that have seen the darkest days can shine the brightest light. Keep going.” – Unknown

If you are in a crisis situation please dial 911 (USA) or 999 (UK).  If contemplating hurting yourself, please dial 988 (USA).     

Our 2022 Overcoming the Darkness campaign exceeded our $5K goal by bringing in a total of $5,249 – which was split equally between The Suicide & Crisis Hotline and and the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression!  Thanks to EVERYBODY who gave this year – your generosity is literally saving the lives of people struggling to climb out of the darkness!


Our Annual Overcoming The Darkness Fundraiser Benefits These Two Organizations:

SUICIDE AND CRISIS LIFELINE (Talk to someone immediately!)
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please don’t wait.  Reach out for help now before it’s too late.  There is someone waiting by the phone for your call right now at 1-800-273-8255, or dial 988.  You can also CLICK HERE to chat with someone online.  You are not alone, someone does care! For a list of suicide crisis lines for every part of the world, click here.

ifred-logoiFred.org (International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression)
One of the greatest challenges when dealing with depression is the feeling of hopelessness, that you are alone, and that nobody understands. But you are not alone, and there are many, many others who know what you’re going through – and they are a couple of clicks away.  At iFred.org you can find support groups, peer-to-peer support, learn about hope, and other resources free of charge.  They also have a list of other numbers and websites you can look to for help and support.



(The following may be for free or paid services and are listed here only for reference. This does not indicate endorsement by Darren Marlar or Weird Darkness, LLC.)

7 CUPS (Talk to a trained volunteer anytime for FREE)
Life getting you down? Struggling with depression or anxiety? Need to talk to someone? No matter who you are or what you’re going through, this is a place where you’ll be heard and cared for – you can visit 7Cups.com, or download the free mobile app from Google Play or Apple Store.  The volunteers at 7 Cups might be strangers to you at first – but they are just friends you haven’t met yet.  7 Cups has trained volunteer listeners available 24/7 to give emotional support over online chat. It’s anonymous and completely free.

Many people suffering from a substance use disorder also have an existing mental illness. This is known as a dual diagnosis or co-disorder and it affects around 45 percent of Americans.  People with a dual diagnosis require a specialized, integrated treatment plan that treats both disorders as interconnected mental health issues.  There are some mental health disorders that are most commonly seen alongside addiction. Often, these mental illnesses can trigger substance abuse, particularly if they are untreated.  Common mental illnesses that co-occur with substance abuse include: ADHS, Bi-polar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, General Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and PTSD – among others.  Learn more about how to recognize the signs in yourself and others, and what to do about it at AddictionRehabTreatment.com.

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of people who grew up in dysfunctional homes.  We meet to share our experience of growing up in an environment where abuse, neglect and trauma infected us. This affects us today and influences how we deal with all aspects of our lives.  ACA provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows us to grieve our childhoods and conduct an honest inventory of ourselves and our family—so we may (i) identify and heal core trauma, (ii) experience freedom from shame and abandonment, and (iii) become our own loving parents.

QuitAlcohol.com (Take the quiz to find out if you are an alcoholic)
On the surface, quitting alcohol may appear simple enough. All you have to do is stop drinking. How hard could that be? Unfortunately, this is a big challenge for those who struggle with alcohol addiction. But if that’s you, cutting alcohol out of your life is sure to improve everything from your personal relationships to your career and much more. Since quitting alcohol is never as simple as it sounds, you may have tried and failed in the past. By taking the right steps this time around, you can achieve greater success while reaching all of your goals. Let QuitAlcohol.com help you take the right steps.

MIND MATTERS (FREE Video Series on Depression/Suicide)
Have you ever thought silently, “I don’t like myself?”  Ever thought “I don’t fit in?” or “I don’t want to keep going?”  For most, those are fleeting thoughts, but for others they are thoughts that continue stab at the soul day in, day out.  This series from Community Christian Church in Chicagoland specifically tackles the subjects of depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts.  If you want a Christian/biblical perspective on the subjects, this is a good place to start.  Available on both video and podcast.

THE GLOBAL HOPE CHALLENGE (from our friends at iFred.org)
An absolutely free 30-day course dedicated to helping you develop the skills you need to create, maintain, and grow hope in your life.  Take the challenge alone, with a friend, or with a group of friends!  Hope is teachable. It predicts how long you will live, how well you will do in sports, and how likely you are to graduate from high school.  Hope is a skill you can practice every day – a skill every person has the capacity to learn.  Yes, even you!  Hope is not the same as a wish.  A hope is a vision, fueled by positive feelings and inspired actions; positive feelings and inspired actions that you can foster by implementing daily skills in your life.  Click here to watch the introductory video by Kathryn Goetzke to learn more about the Global Hope Challenge or to register and get started today!

OPUS NETWORK (Support for those who’ve experienced the paranormal/extraterrestrial)
The mission of the OPUS Network is to educate and support people having unusual /anomalous personal experiences. Such experiences may include extraordinary states of consciousness, spiritual or parapsychological phenomenon, close encounters with non-human entities, and / or UFO activity. OPUS, through its educational services and position of neutrality, provides a safe and caring meeting place for people and groups with the intention of working together to further our overall knowledge in these areas and better support people to integrate their anomalous experiences into everyday life.


Does life feel empty?  Is there a hole in your heart that you’ve not been able to fill?  Unsure about eternity and where you may spend it? Click here to watch a video to learn more about how to escape eternal darkness.


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