From Our Executive Director, Dennis Gillan:
My life changed for the better the day I started to talk about my sorrows. I was at a fundraising event for suicide prevention when I first told the world that I lost my older brother Mark to suicide in 1983, and then lost my younger brother Matthew in 1994 to suicide as well. Something amazing happened that day. I couldn’t quite explain it until I heard someone on the radio recite this old Swedish proverb that goes like this: “A shared joy is a double joy; a shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” I almost drove off the road, because that is what was happening to me. My sorrow, which I kept inside for years, was being cut in half by just talking about it. Now no matter how many times you cut it, I will always have my sorrow, and that is OK. I won’t get over it. I will get through it, and now I am offering you the opportunity to take the first step to cutting your sorrow in half by posting it below.
Here is how this works. Scroll down and it will look like you can post a comment. It will say SHARE YOUR SORROW. Use this space to post your sorrow and you can remain anonymous if you choose to. Just put anonymous for your name and make up an email address and we will still approve and post the comment. We get it—-some sorrows are still raw. Now if they are so raw that it triggers you into a tough mental state (we get that, too!) please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed by certified crisis response professionals and they can talk you through this.
Self-care is not selfish—-you are worth it, and this exercise is designed to help heal, not hurt.
Back to the post below, if you want to get your sorrow off your chest and start the road to recovery, post it. A shared joy is a double joy, a shared sorrow is half a sorrow—now you see where we get our name for our foundation. Please share below, and if you are comfortable leave your name, if not, sign it anonymous. The choice is yours and we are here to help you halve your sorrow.