BJ Shea

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BJ'S BLOG 08/14/14 "Robin Williams and the Depression of Our Times"

The great Robin Williams is no longer with us. That’s hardly breaking news at this point, but it’s certainly a topic that you’re seeing and hearing everywhere. We know now that Williams took his own life, but I guess I was holding out hope that we’d learn a different truth.
I’ve never been to that depth of pain in my own mind, and for that, I’m very thankful. It’s not hard to see how beloved Robin Williams was, by fans and fellow entertainers alike, but it seems almost certain that he couldn’t see that affection for himself. It’s a real loss for the world of entertainment, and just one more strike against our society at large in regards to the care and handling of depression and mental anguish.
If you’re depressed, or just uncertain about the path your life is on, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help. Talk to friends, family members, co-workers, or even a caregiver at your local hospital. Pick up the phone, send a text, write an email, or just reach out for some human contact. Someone will be happy that you did…and that little bit of personal honesty and self-awareness might just help you realize that you’re not alone.
Maybe it’s not everything you need all at once, but it can definitely be a start. 

If you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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08/14/2014 7:29AM
BJ'S BLOG 08/14/14 "Robin Williams and the Depression of Our Times"
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08/14/2014 7:57AM
The Phone
Sometimes maybe the hardest thing to do is pick up the phone and ask for help. The length of ones arm can be a long long distance. Dan S
08/14/2014 10:12PM
I would say that I am a rather normal person. The difference being I had no idea what it is to be normal. I got my first DUI when I was 20, but all they did was give me a 450$ fine. Life was only slightly altered because it happened on a military installation. I continued to drink after that, (cause no one said not to) and I ended up meeting a hot chick...who I later married. Stupid. We later divorced. 3 years after that DUI, I get another one. This time I hire an attorney. So its a deferred prosecution, and I am in the prime of my life with all my drinking friends...I get sober for about 6 months, and once I get to the once a month visit to my counselor, I am ready to get back to partying it up with my friends. Ultimately this leads to another DUI while I am still in 'treatment' on a Friday night. I am released over the weekend because I have no criminal history, My mom even picks me up and takes me to get my car out of impound. I was irritated that the guys that impounded my car had taken the remainder of the beer out of my car, (there was a case of Icehouse in there). So, at theis moment, I still had a license, and could still drive my car. I went to court a couple of times to keep things in check while trying to retain a new attorney, but before long I found out I couldn't afford the new attorney to defend me...So I decided to stop going to court... About a year later, I was at a New years party, then decided I didn't want to stay the night. I get in my car and head home...I was pulled over while driving with my knee while taking a chew of Copenhagen...the cop turns out to be the brother of a calls in a secondary unit and I go to jail. I spent another weekend in jail, but was back to work on the following Monday. It would be another year before I acted stupid again, because after every incident you get a little scared...but you also start to feel invincible. I had never run into anything, had never wrecked a car, had only been in the 'wrong place at the wrong time'...I was again pulled over after coming home from a cool place on 6th ave in Tacoma...I was driving my Rx-7 that was set up (suspension) for street/cross and was coming up the highway 7 underpass from downtown and taking the last banking corner at 50 mph (limit is 30 in the city, 25 for this one) I was puller over again, this time in front of my garage (cop was slow), and spent 2 months in jail, I went through treatment again (everytime I went through treatment, I paid for it out of pocket). This time I stayed sober for 2 years Things were going so good in my life I decided I deserved a red beer...That red beer was the beginning of a new pain that I had not yet seen...The beer was handed to me by my brother...If I had only known then the kind of family I had come from...misery loves company...I was the only true alcoholic in the family..."that couldn't function" I have fought over the years with being on the wagon and off the wagon, never figuring out why I cant be like the rest, I have had the suicide thoughts so Many many times. I could never bring myself to complete the task. If its true, then I should be one of the ones to off myself, I have brought nothing but pain and suffering to myself and family....what is it in Robin's mind that allows him to choke himself to death...That little difference in him is what people like me need, cause it would just be clearing out shitty space in the end.
08/14/2014 10:31PM
speaking up
It's so very easy for anyone to say "speak up", or "reach out", but those people may not realize the tragic undertaking of that very statement when they have not lived the tragedy that they only occasionally see on the 'in-between' channels as they surf for something less offensive to watch on TV.
08/19/2014 10:52AM
Bj, I have always respected you for your honesty and to the point nature. Mental illness is a huge problem, that few are willing to try to fight. I, have lived a life almost defined by my experience . Having been down the dark lonely road of depression Ican really appreciate your compassion. You are a class act and this is another reason I love you! Keep being you, and thank you for being real and genuine in a world of fakes.
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