Firstly, you are not alone my friend, I’m so sorry you are having a shitty day. I don’t know how shitty it is on the scale of ‘stepped in dog poo’ to ‘I have lost all hope and feel suicidal’ but let me tell you that I have been through that whole scale a million times over and you know what? I have (somehow) survived so far, and so have you! Think of the worst, shittiest day you have ever had. Pretty awful, right? Yet here you are, you made it through! And mate, if you can make it through that, you can make it through this too, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now, I promise!
Now obviously if you are at a point where your life is in immediate danger I want you to please, please, pretty please go and call ‘000’ or ‘911’ or whatever the local emergency services phone number is in your area. They can keep you alive and help you stay safe until you are strong enough to keep yourself safe again. If you are not in immediate danger right this second but you are feeling suicidal then I encourage you to call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 – their crisis team will listen to what you have to say without judgement and help give you strategies to get through this.
That heading sounded a bit sarcastic, it actually wasn’t meant that way at all, sometimes when you are depressed or just having an awful day then you don’t want to be ‘cheered up’, maybe you just don’t want to feel alone, or hear stories from people that ‘get it’ its good to ‘feel our feelings’ unless of course they are taking over and negatively affecting our lives. When you are feeling depressed or even suicidal it can be incredibly helpful to read stories about other people who have been through similar things and lived to talk about it, keep in mind that it can also be triggering sometimes. If you do find yourself feeling triggered or upset by content on this website or anywhere at all, please talk to a friend, relative or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to speak with a trained crisis support person. That adage a problem shared is a problem halved has a lot of truth to it!
Here I have included a few links to some of my many blog posts that I have written while depressed and or suicidal, I have also linked some of my poetry much of which has similar themes.
I am going to use the term “inspirational” loosely here, I have put a few links here to some of my more positive motivational style pages and blog posts in no particular order. Please note, I may have been a touch manic while writing some of these so if some of the spiritual stuff gets a bit kooky, then my apologies!
If you are just having a generally crappy day and don’t feel like reading a whole lot, then peruse some of the links and stuff below designed to make you smile, laugh and generally get your mind off of it all without having to put any brain effort in!
Aussies (pronounced Ozzies) are a funny bunch, intentionally or otherwise. We are all inhabitants of a huge multicultural country filled with awesome natural wonders such as Ularu and pristine white sand beaches, like Murrays beach in NSW which is WAY better than Bondi and bonus, nobody has ever heard of it so it’s also pretty quiet. We are pretty laid back really despite having some of the deadliest wildlife on the planet (just name the spiders, it makes them easier to live with) and our language tends to be fairy rude and crude without really meaning to be. Check out the link below for some Aussie to English translations, how to give yourself an Aussie Nickname and How to swear properly in Australia!
Ah Schardan Freud, this is a German word that I have probably spelled incorrectly (but am too lazy to google right this moment) it basically means “to laugh at another’s expense”. While I hate to admit it and I am sure it brings with it a tidal wave of bad karma, sometimes when someone else is hurt (mildly) or embarrassed (moderately) we just can’t help but laugh at them. Funniest Home Videos is a brilliant example of this kind of ‘kicked in the balls’ humour. Below I have linked to some amusing You Tube videos with an Aussie flavour such as people getting swooped by Magpies and falling off of things they had no business being on in the first place.
Also this Funny You Tube link has some comedians that specialise in the art of thought provoking humour this is the skill of telling someone a deep and sometimes thought provoking or even occasionally painfully truthful point in a humorous manner. There are some people who are really, really good at this that I have included on the page, all swear but some more offensive than others.
Sometimes mental illness is absolutely the LAST thing we want to focus on, here is a link to a long list of hilarious movies and their trailers that help get our minds off of things when we’re feeling depressed. Something in that lot should hopefully tickle your pickle otherwise google ‘funny movies’ and see what you get.
Below are my own personal Top 10:
Click the title to watch the trailer, yes technically some of these are Action / Super Hero but they are still hilarious even if you normally hate that kind of thing:
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