I wasn't gonna be serious today but I HAVE to. It has to do with the NEWS lately and sadness.
Generally speaking, I like to keep my blog light and bright. But once in a while the world gets scary and sad, AND I think it is my duty. . . no my HONOR. . . to discuss the things that make life a little harder.
Today it is DEPRESSION. I am talking about the EPIDEMIC depression spanning the globe these days and almost DOMINATING the news. Today's news of yet another celebrity taking his own life is indicative of what I am talking about. This is serious stuff, dear FURiends. And I think we need to
- Identify it
- Help anypuggy suffering from it
- Find a solution
I'm just a little PUG PRINCESS, but I am going to give it a whirl. But first and more IMPORTANTLY, I wanna say
How to Identify DEPRESSION (this is a link, BTW)
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Appetite or weight changes
- Sleep changes
- Anger or irritability
- Loss of energy
- Reckless behavior
- Concentration problems
- Unexplained aches and pains
How to Help is You or Someone You Know is Depressed (this is a link, too)
If this describes you or someone you are close to then there are STEPS to take to help
- Express your concern if it is someone you know OR TALK to someone if it is you. Talking and showing care can save a life
- Exercise can ease depression symptoms - so engage that person or get yourself out on a walk. Especially now when the weather is so nice, taking a nice long walk can clear your mind and make you feel better
- Advise your FURiend or loved one to seek professional help
- MOST OF ALL, if you or someone you LOVE, LIKE, TOLERATE, PASS BY, and so on are contemplating SUICIDE,
5. And call this number: 1-800-273-8255
There are additional lines to call if you are seeking advice on what to do for a suicidal person: 1-800-273-8255
- Para apoyo de crisis en español, llame 1-888-628-9454.
- For the TrevorLifeline, a suicide prevention counseling service for the LGBTQ community, call 1-866-488-7386.
Be nicer to one another
This is the best advice I can give as a little puggy. Imagine how much better everypuggy would feel of they weren't MARGINALIZED, EXCLUDED, HATED, SUPPRESSED, et al.
- When you see someone different than you APPRECIATE the differences
- Understand that not everyone is as - rich, poor, young, old, smart, silly, etc. as you and ACCEPT IT
- HELP someone who needs it. This can be in small ways like returning the dollar they dropped
- Always remember to be KIND to others just as you like them to be KIND to you