Depression Invaded My Garden || A Sacred Space Gone Dormant [CC]

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This is my life. This is part of who I am, and even though it isn’t glamorous or beautiful, it is me. In my prose, I mention the “spirit of depression”. This is a concept that I first encountered in Terence Ward’s book Empty Cauldrons. I am still on the fence about categorizing my depression as a spirit, but through conversation with friends, I have come to understand how it can be helpful in ‘othering’ the Depression I live with. This is not necessarily an occult concept, nor do I believe that mental illness is caused by an actual spirit. I also understand the way I speak about my depression here is not going to ring true for everyone else and I respect that. Please respect my thoughts as well.  

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https://www.helpguide.org/find-help.htm 

https://checkpointorg.com/global/ 

http://www.suicide.org/suicide-hotlin… 

https://www.thementalhealthcoalition…. — BIPOC specific Mental Health Resources  

https://www.callblackline.com/ — “BlackLine®️ provides a space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences to folxs who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens.”  

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ — “The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.”  

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