The Mailman's Survival Guide
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I am but one man in a sea of people. One man, with one voice, crying out to the heavens. Every day, hoping and praying to be heard in a world dominated by politicians and 24 hour news channels. Who am I to speak? What do I have to say that is so important that anyone should listen?
This is the way I, and millions of other people around the world feel. We feel alone and ignored, mocked and ostracized, but why? Is it because we simply don’t have the gumption or grit to stand out and achieve great things, or is it something more? Is it because the disease that afflicts us is unseen, and therefore unspeakable?
Man up! Shake it off! All you want is attention! What’s wrong with you? These are all things I have heard over the years, still ringing in my ears like the residual tones from a shotgun blast.
It’s a funny thing to me. If my arm or leg were broken, would people give me the same advice? How ridiculous would it look for someone to say these things if that were the case? And yet, it’s the most common of responses to someone with a fractured mind.
For years I suffered alone and in silence, thinking that no one could possibly understand what I was going through. Fortunately, I found out I was wrong before it was too late, but thousands do not. Every day, hundreds of people around the world end their suffering the only way they know how.
This is why I speak out. This is why I write. This is why I scream so loudly to the heavens! If I can convince one person to seek counseling, help quell their loneliness or not end their life, it’s all worth it. I may never be a great orator or writer, but I will do my part to raise awareness for the silent majority in the mental health community, but I cannot do it alone. For you see, I am but one man.
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Big D is a writer and host of The Mailman's Survival Guide Podcast. His goal is to raise awareness for the mental health community through writing, pod casting, and public speaking.