Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273- TALK (8255)

Are you feeling isolated, alone, and thinking NO ONE can possibly understand? Does it feel like you are in a dark place and there is no escaping? That’s when you need to get out of your head… and get out of your way! Sometimes, you need a different perspective. That’s when it’s important to speak with someone who understands, who won’t judge, and have another person offer assistance.

Life gets hard. Everyone experiences a traumatic event at some point in life. The trauma can be a range of many factors: experiencing harassment, relationship issues, declining health, death of a loved one, financial struggles, environmental fears. Whatever the struggle may be you are not alone!

When trauma occurs there are many ways people attempt to cope. Maybe one person gets quiet and bottles up all their emotions while another person yells and screams. Writing, drawing, listening to music, playing with pets, and exercising can all be helpful coping mechanisms. But as the trauma builds, if it is not properly dealt with, it can turn into depression. Suddenly sleeping all the time and feeling exhausted may become the new norm. Will you consider seeing a professional counselor or behavioral therapist? For people who say this is not the right option for them, then they might turn to substance abuse. A substance, such as alcohol, is just a crutch and after awhile, it might become the new norm and become an unhealthy habit. Now, it’s dealing with unhealed trauma mixed with a substance addiction.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Everyone struggles with something at some point in life. Talk to someone! Do you have a friend or family member you can reach out to? If not, that’s understandable, but it’s important to reach out to a professional who CAN HELP. Sometimes we don’t feel comfortable speaking with a friend or family member in fear of judgement. The other person might be willing to listen but they’ll impose their thoughts and feelings in the mix with the person that is struggling mentally and emotionally. It’s important for the person who is struggling with their thoughts and emotions to feel secure, safe, and not judged when reaching out for help. Otherwise, it becomes easy to shut down and turn away. EVERYTHING the hurting Individual is struggling with MUST be discussed. Healing doesn’t start until YOU are HONEST with yourself!

If you or someone you know needs help, are you ready to reach out for assistance?

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is aiming to increase public awareness regarding addiction and mental health struggles. They help with providing programs and treatments that help a person in need. They will HEAR YOU and guide you to the proper resource(s).

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness is aiming to end mental health stigmas and provide programs and resources for Individuals needing help. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, and if left untreated it can have disastrous results. It’s okay to reach out for help; call or text 988 right away or chat

Beacon Specialized Living is also a resource with staff members that understand the struggles that an Individual may be feeling. Find a location near for assistance Contact Us – Beacon Specialized Living.

Reach out and make the call; a life may depend upon it! Substance abuse and suicide don’t just affect the person struggling, it effects family members, friends, co-workers, and anyone else the person may have touched throughout their life.


  • Jenn Straka

    Jennifer holds a BA in English & Communications from Western Michigan University, focusing on marketing and sales. With over a decade of experience, she brings a fresh lens to Beacon's events and activities, helping the individuals we serve through acts of kindness wherever she goes.

    Compliance & Marketing Assistant