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Happy New Year

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

12:00:00 AM

And as the clock struck Midnight, a new day began. Not only a new day, but a new month, a New Year, and a New Decade. Unlimited possibilities for a fresh start, a chance to leave your hurts, your fears, your doubts, and all your baggage in the past and move forward. The struggles you faced in 2019 do not define you, you do. You can choose to accept your life as it is, or you can choose to accept that things can change, they can improve, that you can get better and survive the trials in your life.

You may feel the challenges in your life are too big, too strong, too difficult to fight them, but you do not have to face these challenges alone. If you are feeling overwhelmed and ready to give up the fight, reach out. Reach out to family, reach out to friends, and reach out to your community. There are people ready to help you. People who love you, people who need you, people who will help you.

2019 was a year filled with loss for us at Tears From Daniel. Too many loses, too much heartache, too many families devastated by lives ended too soon. We want 2020 to be the year the tides turn, the year we celebrate those we helped and saved instead of the year we grieve another loss. Today is a new beginning, as is tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that. Every day holds the potential to turn things around for you, but you must choose to be here for that chance.

Our ultimate goal is to open our own Tears From Daniel Outreach Center, but until then we will assist in any way we can, and rely on the Community Services currently available, many of which are listed on our Community Support Resources page. On January 24th, we take the next step in making our vision become reality with a Fundraiser Murder Mystery Event in Big Rapids. Details can be found on our upcoming events page. We hope to see many of you there.

Suicide is a growing problem in society today, as we have sadly seen in the past few days with at least 2 attempts made this past Monday. But suicide is NOT the answer. It solves NOTHING, and leaves a trail of heartache and loss in its wake. Families destroyed, loved ones left devastated, and communities left to wonder why. This issue NEEDS to be brought out of the dark and talked about. People need to be educated on the scope of the problem, and know that they can seek help. That seeking help is a sign of strength, not one of weakness. There are options out there. People need to get involved and help end the stigma. Mental Health issues need to be talked about as openly as physical health issues. Depression should be as easy to discuss as diet, anxiety as easy as acne, Suicidal thoughts as easily as sprained ankles. To solve the problem, we need to address the problem, not hide it away.

Twice in my own past, I considered ending it all. Once, the love and support of a good friend saved me. The other, a simple “I love you daddy” text from my daughter arrived at the right time to change my thinking. If not for these two people, these two events, I may not be here today writing this. But I was shown that there are people out there that care, that I was not alone, and that I would leave a trail of hurt in my wake had I made the attempt.

If you need help, reach out. If you suspect somebody else needs help, reach out to them. End the stigma, and bring this tragic issue into the light. Every life effects the lives of all those around them. And the loss of one lessens us all. Together, we can make a difference, one life at a time.

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