End the Silence • Stigma and Shame surrounding suicide, ideation and mental health.
Starting with elementary school age children to teach them that not every thought in your head is real, true nor do you have to act on the thought.
We must normalize the conversation to make it easier for you to voice your angst and be able to ask for help. reaching out to another human being must become the norm.
My Story in short
I have teetered on the brink of “lights out” too many times to count. My friend Andrea took her own life when I was 16. Her untimely death would change my life in ways I couldn't know or understand back then.
Four short years later, on the highway, in front of Andrea's gravesite, I was crushed between 3 cars. This was the first in a series of unfortunate incidents that trapped me as a victim of pain and adversity, interminable hospital stays, and drug dependence and despair, fighting the urge to end it. Instead I remain upright and breathing for over 50 years now."
I'm Elaine Lindsay, I'm bionic, I've come through trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, drug addiction (am currently what I call a functional junkie - on minimal pain meds) I speak to mental health issues, trying to manage it all on your own, and the need we all have for a tribe to support us...
"Suicidal ideation has been my constant secret companion, for as long as I can remember: when anything goes wrong,: from a broken glass to a death in the family" ~Elaine
I host this podcast sharing stories of suicide survivors and those left behind.. as well as mental health struggles. I empathize with my guests stories as I fit both categories survivor and one left behind.