We have found a startling truth through the process of starting Beautifully Tarnished. There are more people than we can imagine holding in mental turmoil and suicidal thoughts because they don't feel they have anyone that will truly listen. Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about your own mental health, and possible suicidal thoughts, which needs to change. Our goal is to help lift the stigma from talking about mental health issues and suicide by building a strong community of supportive people.
Being so passionate about the cause makes me constantly think of ways to reach more people and try to save lives in the process. After weeks of brainstorming we decided to start a guest blog series called "Beautifully Tarnished Lives". We are in process of building an online platform dedicated to allowing people to speak their truths anonymously, or as themselves. We want to give people the opportunity to speak about what they are going through, have gone through, or experienced second hand so they can get the weight off their shoulders. We strongly believe these stories will not only give the writer some relief but it will also show others that they are not alone with their thoughts. From personal experience it has been comforting knowing that I am not alone and that others have dealt with the same thing and are willing to lend an ear. Keep an eye out for our initial launch of these stories and make sure to share with anyone you feel it could help.
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