National Suicide Prevention Week Sept 7-13

National Suicide Prevention Week (September 7-13)
National Suicide Prevention Week (September 7-13)

In the U.S., September 7 through 13 is National Suicide Prevention Week.  I wanted to write something new for this but I haven’t been feeling well lately due to my neuromuscular autoimmune disease, myasthenia gravis.  Instead, I’m sharing an article I wrote last year for the White House’s mental health website called, “Three Words Everyone with Mental Illness Should Know.”  You can read it here.  In it, I talk about how I receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at 18 after a friend’s suicide.  Additionally, MSNBC did a short mental health documentary on my life–you can watch it here.  I talk about coping tools I use for living with depression.

Suicide Hotline

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please ask for help.

In the U.S. the National Suicide Hotline is:

1 (800) 273-8255

or 1-800-273-TALK

You can find more resources on their website at: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org  The U.S hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can get help in English or in Spanish.

I’d write more but my body doesn’t feel well.

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

 

 

 

 

JessicaGimeno

Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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