If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I paint for www.imalive.org an organization that supports people in crisis online.
They do difficult and important work and do it with compassion and professionalism.
I was talking with a mental health professional on Friday. Not from IMALIVE but from a local clinic. She was telling me that suicide has no age limit. It has no common demographics. That it can happen to anyone at any time in their lives.
I am not a mental health professional. I can’t say why we’re seeing so many people with issues.
Is it because we’re not connected to our communities anymore?
Is it because we’re now talking about the subject more?
Is it something else entirely?
What I do know is that people who are struggling, fighting every single day, deserve to be heard. Deserve to be faced with compassion and respect. And deserve access to mental health professionals when they are in crisis.
This is why I paint for IMALIVE.
My art, when it’s sold at auctions, helps fund their support services.
My art also helps open dialogue about mental health and suicide.
My art connects people when they write their messages of hope on the canvases at Supernatural conventions.
My art also works for me too. It helps me sort out my feelings. Painting aligns me in a way that nothing else has.
And when I struggle, because I do have days like that, my art becomes the means I use to pull myself up.
If you are in crisis, or know someone who is, go to www.imalive.org and reach out. There’s no shame in asking for help and you have everything to gain.