I hope this piece finds you enjoying the beautiful summer. A new month is upon us and with that, I also have a few new things in the works. One being, I will be moving my current blog over to another service. Over the next few postings, I will provide information as to where you can continue to follow me on this journey.
For today’s particular post, I would like to share about my latest project. The LOVE Sangha.
I wear the LOVE tattoo as a means of creating awareness and providing support for friends and family affected by addiction, depression, self-harm and suicide. With several people in my life that battle mental health issues, it is one way I can help bring light to their world.
Statistics tell us:
- That for every alcoholic, 16 people are directly affected. This includes spouses or partners, kids, friends and co-workers, just to name a few.
- In 2012, an estimated 16 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This represented 6.9 percent of all U.S. adults.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death; homicide ranks 16th.
As someone who attends al-anon and has loved ones whom have experienced major depression, which led to suicide or attempted suicide, I have also found great refuge with meditation. That is why I have created the LOVE Sangha. I chose the word LOVE, as an acronym: Let Others Voluntarily Evolve. One of the most difficult things for those in al-anon to do is let go. We can’t change someone who isn’t willing to do it for themselves. And it is just as important to work on yourself. The LOVE Sangha is not a replacement for a traditional 12-step meeting. Rather, it is a safe space to help you explore a deeper sense of self, as a community. One does not need to be part of any 12-step program or have any experience with meditation in order to participate.
This is a free online forum, which provides anyone from around the world to participate. Using a video conferencing system, it will allow you to participate from any computer, tablet or phone. Having a support system is equally important for those who are effected by mental health.
Please reach out to me directly if you or anyone you know may be interested.