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To the Veterans #ThankYou

I recently saw a viral body cam clip of a veteran on the side of the road, on the phone with the VA Suicide Hotline. The veteran was sobbing as he explains that he's on the phone line and can't afford the ambulance that the police officer is trying to send for help.

What broke me the most was that all the veteran asked for at the end of the clip was a hug.

I am not a veteran.

But I do know what it feels like to be sobbing on the side of the road, ready to end it all. I do know what it feels like to be on the phone with Suicide Hotline as my last resort.

So to the Veterans- my heart aches for you.

I am sorry that our country has failed you as you continue to fight for us. I'm sorry if the war didn't stop when you came home.

To my friends battling mental illness day in and day out- keep fighting. I know how hopeless it feels to be on that phone line. I know how it feels to want to run to the cop and say "Please, can I have a hug?"

To family members of veterans and those battling mental illness- remember to hug your loved ones tight, and tell them you love them often.

It does make a difference. It could save a life.

#Bipolar1Disorder #Veteran #PTSD

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#MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #Fibromyalgia #Veteran Parking Permit

I am a 90% disabled veteran with a few different chronic conditions.
I have had them for years like 14 yrs one and 10 years the others. Anywho I decided to put in for a parking permit. It has to be signed by your doctor. My real doctor of 10 years left the Veterans Health administration during the quarantine. I have a new Doctor I sent her the parking permit request for her signature. She emailed me this :
“Good morning,
Based on what I am seeing that you marked (on the permit application) ” and the chart (medical record) I am confused. What is your condition that warrants this placard?”
So seeing that email 📧 triggered me it doesn’t take much when it comes to my invisible and having to explain and validate my symptoms cause they are invisible I’m over it especially when it comes to medical providers . Needless to say I guess I had to educate her (a whole doctor) the nicest way I could. Smh 🤦🏻‍♀️ beyond frustrated. Oh yea my signed parking permit application is now ready for pick up.

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Hi from the shadows

I've been on this app a lot, always just reading, never posting.

I'm sure I'm not alone, but I joined this app and others like it to try and find distraction from the crazy world that's in between my ears. The place that the bad version of me lives, and he's trying everything to bring me down.

I'm slowly but surely trying to break the patterns of behaviour I've found myself in over the last several decades. I'm just thankful I've found things like this app to keep me stepping forward despite the inner voice trying to drag me back.

I don't know if I will be of any help, but I'm promising to start posting and commenting more in the future. In the shadows is what my head wants and that's got to stop.

Anyway...only came on to say hi 🙃🙈 have a great Easter everyone.

#UK #Undiagnosed #BPD #PTSD #Veteran #HappyEaster #Recovery

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#Crisis not suicide# phone number#Group #Caregiver #Burnout #Veteran #PTSD #tbi#Caregiver #Bipolar A NON SUICIDE HOTLINE #Text ?

I may possibly need to talk to someone , understanding.listen to me. But no privacy. I am afraid if I start that I won't be able to put myself back togetee
Don't give me suggestions how example do his meds different. Vent .Sob .I am so tired. He is able to do , help but lazy.
Finances.

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A New Mental Health Paradigm! #Veteran mentor

watched PBS Milwaukee10/36 and found Dr. Daniel Amen talking about Change your Brain, Change your Life!
What if doctors and psychiatrist s took a positive, a holistic approach to Brain Health, instead of the negative labeling, and "branding As
Defective," Mental Health patients as all being mentally Ill.
As a VETERAN, on the ARMY team,
Few service members want to volunteer to be a defective or Ill
"Patient", which the parent organization, (or organism) culls
That defect because there is a
("0 Defect)" military mentality.
If you're experiencing depression,
Or Anxiety, who volunteers to be Labeled as a Mental illness, or Patient. Millions are having Anxiety
Or depression today; as well as Corona Death? Physical and Mental
"Distress" ...comments??

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It's Ok...

I advocate for #MentalHealthin the #Veteran community. Who and what do you advocate for? There are many people suffering from physical and mental illnesses who don't feel comfortable talking about them. Let's tell them it's Ok to talk about them.

Dear Veteran,

You signed up to put your life on the line for your country. You don't have to suffer from PTSD or any physical disability suffered in the military on your own. I am here for you.

Now...it's your turn! Do you know anyone suffering from a mental or physical illness who isn't comfortable talking about it? Let them know it's ok on this post!

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My Veteran Disability Rating

This is one of my disabilities after serving in the military. I was shot by a sniper at 20 and left permanently disabled. I deal with a great deal of depression because my life isn't the way I wanted it to be.

Like many veterans, I relied on alcohol to get by during the day. I didn't know that alcohol was a depressant and making my symptoms worse. I was self medicating and becoming more depressed at the same time. #Veteran #Depression

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#Veteran Here saying Hello

Hello All,

I am new here. I am a Purple Heart veteran looking to meet others who battle with #MentalHealth and #SuicidalThoughts. 20-22 veterans a day die from suicide and it is my personal mission to lower that number. Along the way I will share my personal battles with these issues.

 It's nice to meet you all.

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