A flicker of light in the darkest night

Hey guys,

Did you know that that by 2020, depression will the the second most common health problem in the world. This is why I have recently became a member of A Candle of Hope. This is a charity recently set up by me and a group of people to support those dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. It is a small scale charity and we work to do things with a physical benefit for those with depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies, as well as the loved ones of all of the above.  Depression affects 121 million people worldwideThis is a massive number of people that with our help can receive better understanding and quality of life.

Having depression is not feeling down or your average Monday morning blues. Depression is an invisible mental illness that can massively affect a person’s life for the worst. The word depressed is a now common every day word. People might say “I’m depressed” when in fact they mean “I’m fed up because I’ve had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job”, etc. These ups and downs of life are common and normal. Most people recover quite quickly. With true depression, you have a low mood and other symptoms each day for at least two weeks. Symptoms can also become severe enough to have a huge impact with normal day-to-day activities. About 2 in 3 adults have depression at some point in their lives and in the last 45 years Suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Those with mental health disorders, particularly depression and substance abuse are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide.

Self harm is also a big issue in our modern day community. Self harm is where a person purposefully harms or injures themselves in any way. Examples of self harming can include: Cutting, Burning, Overdosing, Punching walls and purging yourselfStatistics also show that about three teenagers self harm per hour in the UK alone and that about 3,000,000 Americans self harm with the number of emergency department visits due to self harm is around 594,000. Studies also show that young people ages between 13-25 are a lot more likely to self harm that older people. If you’d like to learn more about this then this post might be helpful: http://www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/files/docs/leaflets/young-people-self-injury.pdf 

In America 2002, suicide was the leading cause worldwide of all intentional violent deathsSurpassing both homicide and war.

A Candle of Hope also helps to not only raise awareness, but to raise funds for relevant support groups as well. We are currently based in Shropshire, England and would like people to get in touch with us. At the moment we are looking for fundraising ideas so if anyone would like to volunteer their ideas that would be greatly appreciated. It also doesn’t matter where you live, if you live in Shropshire, Scotland or even Egypt your ideas are very welcome! 🙂

If you would like to contact us for more information or you have an idea please email : vicky.p.marks@hotmail.co.uk  and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can.

That’s all for now, ChainedAngel over and out! 🙂

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What do you see?

What do you see when you look at me?

I’ll tell you what I see.  A normal girl? No. I see a person who strives to be normal and yet goes out of her way to be different. Make sense? No. Yet who actually is ‘normal’?

Normality is just an illusion created by the conformist masses to comfort them with the concept that a lack of individuality is actually more desirable than defying social norms by being ‘different’.  Why is being different seen as weird instead of its true form – uniqueness, in modern society?

I know what I see. I see labels. I see discrimination. I see inequality, and I see a girl who is broken beyond repair from today’s modern society. A girl trying to rebel in her own way, a girl trying to make the world see that she is different. Who believes that she is different and yet cannot trust herself for it, or indeed, anyone else.

And I’m speaking to all of you that are reading this. You don’t have to hide, you don’t have to lie, and most importantly, you don’t have to be a conformist. Wear what you want to wear even if it is totally crazy. Be unique and be that person that everyone knows just by a few little words or a glance in the street.

Be yourself and you, yes you, can change the world. 

ChainedAngel over and out 🙂

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Why am I here?

Why am I here? Well I made a vow to myself that I will always be honest on here so I guess I’m here to give you a chance to get to know me. The real me. To express myself and conquer my fears, and to share my experiences.

I’ll tell you my story one day but until then, ChainedAngel over and out.

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