Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness (c)2015 Nancy Virden
This week, I was interviewed twice for two people’s books. They want my story because it is a positive one of hope. From despair to a new beginning, a suicide attempt to advocacy, my message reaches hearts.
“Life starts now” is my new mantra (“53 is the new 20!” is another one although its time will run out soon. But I digress…)
I want to shout to people in emotional pain, “You can hang on- stay alive! Beauty is there when the path seems to end at one big hole in the ground. Wait for it. You can get to the promise and the miracle.”
To those who have lost loved ones to suicide, I want to explain that your family member’s or friend’s death is not your fault. They loved you. They didn’t know how to hang on to life.
If you are one who wants to be a healthy support, I can teach practical and safe ways to be helpful without becoming overwhelmed yourself. You matter too.
God has been my ultimate refuge and strength. My eternal hope is in Christ Jesus who died and lives to prepare an eternal home for me. It is in His time, not mine, that I will enter that place where all the pain of this life will not matter anymore.
Sometimes my message goes out without my name on it. I don’t care. It’s more important than who receives credit.
What is it you offer the world? Compassionate love speaks out.
NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental illness. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental health care.
If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Hope and help is yours.
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