“The souls that have seen the darkest days can shine the brightest light. Keep going.” – Unknown
If you’re in a crisis situation please dial 911 (USA) or 999 (UK). If contemplating hurting yourself, please dial 988 (USA). For a list of suicide crisis lines worldwide, click here.
OVERCOMING THE DARKNESS
Every October I dedicate the Weird Darkness podcast to raising funds for organizations that help people who struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide/self-harm. This year the total raised in October will be divided equally between The Suicide And Crisis Lifeline , The Crisis Text Line , Save.org , and the International Foundation for Research and Education of Depression (iFred). I’ll close out the fundraiser at the end of October and announce how much we raised. A gift of any amount will bring us closer and closer to our goal – or help us surpass it! That means more people who are affected by depression or thoughts of self-harm can get the help they need. We all know someone who struggles with depression – whether we know it or not. It’s something those who suffer tend to deal with in silence, in the shadows. But these organizations above are working to make it easier for those in the darkness to come into the light, to find help, and to know your are not alone in your depression – and there are ways to overcome the darkness and live a normal life. I’m evidence of that, as I struggle with depression myself. So please, give what you can, share this campaign with others; challenge them to donate and share just as you have! You can visit the GoFundMe page for the fundraiser at https://weirddarkness.com/overcoming.
Depression (also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder) causes intense sadness lasting at least two weeks or more. It can interfere with a person’s ability to function and perform daily tasks. Depression is a common disorder, affecting approximately 264 million people, with about 17.7 million American adults having had at least one major depressive episode in 2018. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Clinical depression is more than just being sad about the death of a loved one, being in a bad mood or being upset about a lost relationship. If left untreated it can cause people to lose sleep, stop eating, lose their jobs, or worse.
- Take a free quiz from Mental Health America to see if you may have depression: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/depression
- If you feel someone you know may be suicidal, EduMed has more info and a list of warning signs to look for: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/suicide
(Below is for reference only and does not indicate endorsement by Darren Marlar or Weird Darkness)
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! ***This organization is one of the beneficiaries of our annual October fundraiser, “Overcoming The Darkness.”
THE CRISIS TEXT LINE (Talk to someone immediately!)
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime (CANADA: Text HOME to 741741; UK: Text HOME to 85258; Ireland: Text HOME to 50808). Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. ***This organization is one of the beneficiaries of our annual October fundraiser, “Overcoming The Darkness.”
SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Their work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing it – through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools. SAVE was recognized as a Champion of Change by The White House, has received numerous awards and is one of fewer than 2,000 charities to have received the America’s Best Charities seal. ***This organization is one of the beneficiaries of our annual October fundraiser, “Overcoming The Darkness.”
iFred.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. ***This organization is one of the beneficiaries of our annual October fundraiser, “Overcoming The Darkness.”
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.
ADDICTION REHAB TREATMENT, DUAL DIAGNOSIS
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.
THE OPTION LINE (Crisis Pregnancy – talk to someone immediately!)
If you’re wondering whether or not you’re pregnant, your mind is probably racing with questions. It’s common to feel confused, scared, and overwhelmed. If you’ve recently had unprotected sex, or the condom broke, you might be feeling anxious about the possibility of pregnancy. Scared. Pressured. Trapped. If a baby is not in your plans right now, it’s possible you’re feeling at least one of these emotions. It is for all these reasons and more that the Option Line is here for you, even in some cases helping new mothers in crisis with maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, and formula. Call or text 1-800-712-4357, or LIVE CHAT for help.
SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL (Fighting Against Sex-Trafficking)
Shared Hope engages individuals nationwide who are seeking to fight against sex trafficking. They educate, inspire and equip you, not only to know what it looks like in the US, but to be empowered to fight against it. They give you the tools you need to protect children in your community.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION (Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Help)
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to advancing vital research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. The ALZ free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) is staffed by master’s-level clinicians and specialists, providing confidential support and information to all those affected, in over 200 languages.
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.
HOW DO I ESCAPE ETERNAL DARKNESS?
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.
A FEW MORE LINKS…
- Find A Therapist (search tool)
- FaithfulCounseling.com (Christian counseling)
- Undoing Depression (online course)
- ThisWayUp.org (online course)
- DBSAlliance.org – The Depression And Bipolar Support Alliance