Everyone is different
Mental Health
Emotions can make what seems to others to be an insignificant event feel like it’s the end of the world to us. A person’s filters can act like a magnifying glass, intensifying a glint of sunlight into a white-hot beam. …
The Key Moment
Mental Health
The true crisis moment happens when the sufferer realizes he or she can’t digest or handle an event in life that involves personal loss of some sort. The sufferer is drowning in despair. Hopelessness builds. Suicidal thoughts sit at the …
The Crisis
Mental Health
Every single serious personal crisis doesn’t necessarily lead to a suicide. Nonetheless, every crisis has certain characteristics in common: A high, accumulated level of stress, making the sufferer very fragile and vulnerable; The sufferer’s inability to use normal methods to …
Coping with Stress
Addiction
Stress is a sneaky, insidious force that weaves its web inside your mind until all you see are shades of black. By Raymond Viger How we escape stress can cause us even more harm: alcohol, drugs, escapism… But not all …
Warning Signs
Mental Health
Incapable of clearly expressing distress, the suicidal person sends signals to those around them. These signals can be subtle, or jumbo-sized. These signals are appeals for help; a final search for some glimmer of hope before the tsunami hits. Remember, …
Understanding PTSD
Addiction
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, happens after a traumatic event which has put the sufferer’s physical life or physical integrity under threat. By Delphine Caubet During this traumatic event, the person has experienced feelings of extreme fear and powerlessness. The …
Grow your Garden
Mental Health
Suicide is the tragic conclusion of a long chain of events that shake us down to the very foundations of our being. Each of these events leaves their mark, a sign of wear and tear. By Raymond Viger Recovering takes …
A Few Basic Facts (Part I)
Mental Health
Let’s demystify the process. Here are a few basic facts : Being depressed doesn’t mean you’re crazy. Despair and depression, the chief causes of suicidal feelings, are not indicators of a severe mental illness. As you help someone, think to …
My Legal Drugs (Part I)
Addiction
I consider myself a manic-depressive. I haven’t been diagnosed as such, so I’m not on any medication. By Raymond Viger Medication can be an important thing to stabilize your life. But until now, I’ve passed on all that. My life …