Suicide prevention is everyone's responsibility. We need your help. Please do listen to a short personal message from Kerry (our founder) and Ash (our program manager) speaking to how our small nonprofit is overwhelmed as a result of a Suicide Prevention podcast and recent Suicide Awareness Month blog posts.
Please consider making a donation so that we help all of those in need who are reaching out to us, not just those our small team of volunteers can get to. No one should be turned away because we are not adequately staffed or funded to answer every request for a mentor, every cry for help.
Everyone is a star and deserves the right to twinkle. Help us let those who reach out shine brightly in this too often dim world.
I am so glad that I found your site, Hope Xchange. I reached out to you and you were there for me pretty quickly. That blew me away. Rarely has that ever happened to me in the twenty years that I have had this disease.
As you know having a Bipolar disease and the loneliness and loss of friends and family can be so hard to deal with. I have lost so much in my life. My profession, my financial stability, my dignity and so much more. I have the misfortune of cycling every day and cannot work.
Your call meant so much to me. I rarely ever get phone calls and yours was a breath of fresh air. I smiled for the first time in such a very long time. I look forward to our next phone conversation and I will be honored to help you and the organization in any way I can.
I thank you with all my heart and look forward to being in service to Hope Xchange and its members.
Sincerely ~ Michael
I didn't know how to deal with all the pain and confusion. I didn't know what was happening to me ... so i took an overdose. I carried on living with this black cloud hanging over me. I stopped eating, i stopped sleeping, the weight was falling off of me. I was a shivering wreck, crying continuously. I was suicidal I got in my car locked myself in and threatened to drive it in to the tree, whilst sobbing my eyes out.. Good thing is i am being seen by the psych nurse
~ Lucy Pearce, United Kingdom
I had known for many years that I had problems with depression and that I was an emotional person, but only a few months before being diagnosed with Bipolar. I do not like how my relationships are affected by my disorder. I want to feel more in control of myself and my emotions. I hate being impulsive and feeling indecisive at times. I hate how angry I can become in a split second or how I can remained depressed for long periods of time. It affects my schooling and everything else. The only thing that has gotten me through is having hope, being persistent, and having loving family and friends to help support me.
~ Haley Burk
When I look back on my childhood, I remember always being up and down and being anxious. By the time I was in middle school, I was regularly seeing the school guidance counselor. The summer of 2003 was when I hit my first BIG swing into depression. At the one time of my life when things should have been "normal", I had wanted to kill myself. I couldn't stop crying and I just felt "empty". I was on a lot of different meds which caused me weight gain, weight loss, psychotic episodes, paranoia, suffered a miscarriage, and a lot of up and down swinging. As of today, I am HAPPY to report that my condition is STABLE due to the right combination of meds and therapy I am receiving and I have not seen a hospital since June. My daughter is doing well here with me and is an honor roll student. I never thought after the 10 years of HELL I had after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder that stability was ever possible, but if you do the work and maintain your LONG TERM treatment plan, you can find a balance in a unstable world with an chemical imbalance!
~ Gretchen Howard
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