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The Despair Manifesto

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The Despair Manifesto

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  • First Things First
  • You Won’t want to Read This
  • Pain & Fear
  • I Can No Longer Go On
  • You are Strong
  • You are Filled With Goodness
  • Stop!
  • Speak to Someone
  • Are You OK?
  • What Can I Do to Become Whole Again
  • Stop and Rest NOW!
  • It’s Not Only Your Life
  • Infinite Possibilities 
  • Gratitude
  • Your Homework
  • Medication and Healing
  • 5 Pillars of Recovery
  • My Promise to You
  • First Things First
  • You Won’t want to Read This
  • Pain & Fear
  • I Can No Longer Go On
  • You are Strong
  • You are Filled With Goodness
  • Stop!
  • Speak to Someone
  • Are You OK?
  • What Can I Do to Become Whole Again
  • Stop and Rest NOW!
  • It’s Not Only Your Life
  • Infinite Possibilities 
  • Gratitude
  • Your Homework
  • Medication and Healing
  • 5 Pillars of Recovery
  • My Promise to You

Why I Wrote “The Despair Manifesto”

Three years ago, one of my colleagues, a warm generous man, a man of substance and goodness, went home one afternoon and found his 17-year-old daughter lying on the floor, after attempting to end her life, and as he cradled her in his arm, she passed from this world. My friend was broken into a thousand pieces.

He thinks she didn’t really mean to kill herself that day – an impulse came into her mind and she acted on it – and the result was utter tragedy for all those who loved her and for herself.

My friend’s world ended that day.

 I said that day: ‘Enough is Enough’

I vowed to do every single thing that I could possibly do to try and redress the terrible scourge of suicide, especially among the youth.

The first thing that I came up with, as a result of that vow, is a 40-page document called ‘The Despair Manifesto” which is designed to give at-risk people a range of tools, encouragement, insight, and ideas to overcome the feelings of despair that are driving them to self-harm.

The result is this Manifesto. These thoughts have been pulled from my soul, as someone who knows the darkness and the sunshine. Someone who can look into the heart of darkness and see the glimmer of light that leads away from that abyss.

My fervent wish is that somewhere, sometime, someone will read this and pause and find that nugget of strength in their heart to keep going for one more minute, one more hour, one more day, until the pain recedes and the light streams in.

Because the sun WILL always shine again, you know.

Why I Wrote “The Despair Manifesto”

Three years ago, one of my colleagues, a warm generous man, a man of substance and goodness, went home one afternoon and found his 17-year-old daughter lying on the floor, after a suicide attempt, and as he cradled her in his arm, she passed from this world. My friend was broken into a thousand pieces.

He thinks she didn’t really mean to kill herself that day – an impulse came into her mind and she acted on it – and the result was utter tragedy for all those who loved her and for herself.

My friend’s world ended that day.

 I said that day: ‘Enough is Enough’

I vowed to do every single thing that I could possibly do to try and redress the terrible scourge of suicide, especially among the youth.

The first thing that I came up with, as a result of that vow, is a 40-page document called ‘The Despair Manifesto” which is designed to give at-risk people a range of tools, encouragement, insight, and ideas to overcome the feelings of despair that are driving them to self-harm.

The result is this Manifesto. These thoughts have been pulled from my soul, as someone who knows the darkness and the sunshine. Someone who can look into the heart of darkness and see the glimmer of light that leads away from that abyss.

My fervent wish is that somewhere, sometime, someone will read this and pause and find that nugget of strength in their heart to keep going for one more minute, one more hour, one more day, until the pain recedes and the light streams in.

Because the sun WILL always shine again, you know.