Suicide Prevention Blog Hop

I’m sure it’s a huge shocker that I am a clinical depressive. I mean, who isn’t right? Except … no. Depression gets widely dismissed as not a big deal, or something that everyone deals with, but that’s not quite true. There are degrees of depression, just as there are degrees of any mental illness. And what seems like passing blues for you may be a dreadful, unending nightmare for someone else.

I think I have it easy. My depression is generally manageable, and to that end I think writing has saved my life. It’s therapy in a very real sense for me. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit to having suicidal thoughts now and again, as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Depression seems to be this dark passenger that, even when you’re fairly certain you have it under control, still manages to slip the leash.

 

Depression and suicide has played a big part in my Infected series. Roan is a clinical depressive. One especially troubled boyfriend committed suicide. Dylan is a suicide survivor. Maybe the funny thing is Roan isn’t. He’s the depressive, but he never seriously considered suicide, because he decided young that he was going to live for spite. He was so disliked by so many people he turned his self-loathing outward, and learned to love getting in the face of those who didn’t want him around. I know, on the face of it, it’s not a great idea. And yet, I can’t help but think that would be a great way to do it. I aspire to live for spite.

 

If you’re a depressive or wrestling with suicidal thoughts, know you’re not alone. Talking helps, so I encourage you to do that, although sometimes writing it out – in a fictional or non-fiction capacity – can help as well. And if you can all live for spite, I will encourage that wholeheartedly. Be yourself and don’t let the haters get you down. It’s an easy thing to say, yes, but I’m trying to live my life just this way.

 

Now, blog posts being disabled and my general lack of tech skills means I can’t have a proper giveaway … except I can, thanks to my friends over at Riptide Publishing. Go there, and you’ll find Pretty Monsters: Josh of the Damned #1 is totally free. If you haven’t read it, maybe you’ll check it out.  http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/pretty-monsters-josh-damned-1

 

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