Having been born with cerebral palsy, Christopher Coleman’s life has always been about
overcoming obstacles. He now uses his adversities, challenges, victories, and success to
inspire others through motivational speaking and coaching. He wants to not only encourage
others to live an authentic life but provide a platform for them to inspire social change in their
communities. This dream was the catalyst for #ComeOutSpeakout. Our GoFundMe campaign
supports this cause, donate here:
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#suicide #onlinebullying #harassment #oppression #jointhemovement #love #supp
Going to enjoy sinking my face into some spicy Asian breasts later. 😉
Did you know Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
Finding support and hope are essential to a good life. If you don't have someone to talk to or you're apprehensive about opening up, I hope sharing my story will encourage you to reach out and seek help. Please, feel free to contact me if you need a place to start. Don’t give up! Your life matters!
A Passion to Explore and a Desire to Inspire.
Growing up mental illness carried a substantial stigma and was more misunderstood than it is today. Behaving "normal" at all times was something heavily ingrained in me by my family and society. However, the societal norm seemed abnormal to me, and I struggled to understand and relate to other people. Being the best chameleon possible was exhausting, and I continually hid my coping mechanisms (tics) out fear of being punished or mocked. As the years went by my frustration, anxiety, and depression escalated, but I trudged on. I went on to co-own a creative media company until the 2008 recession, and then to work for a Fortune 500 company. Over the years, I was able to enjoy my passion for hiking and explore parts of Africa, Europe, Central America, Canada, and almost all of the contiguous United States. However in 2018 my mind and body were pushed beyond limits, and I experienced a mental collapse. To cope I was physically hurting myself and trying to drink enough alcohol to gain the courage to end my life. I had to be hospitalized three different times and lost my employment. Now, from the rubble, I am working to rebuild and live an authentic life. It's not the path I would have chosen, but I hope my story and journey encourages someone. Don't give up, seek the help you need, and go out and #HikeMore.
#MentalHealthAdvocate #StigmaFree #EndTheStigma #NAMI #Autism #Aspergers #BPD #BiPolar #ADHD #PTSD #Depression #Anxiety #Recovery #Suicide #MissouriOutdoors #OzarkAdventures #HikingLife #DestinationHope #ScarsThatHeal #Hiking #Hope #Encouragement #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #AllThingsArePossible #Ne
In creating the characters, I attempted to connect with each and everyone of them to the best of my ability. In doing so, I found myself entering very dark places. In those dark places, I learned new lessons.
People enter those dark places because others around them push them there with their #judgements, #misjudgments, #ignorance, #bullying, and the list goes on.
Sometimes, people enter those places early on in life; they enter in their childhood or teen years—way before anyone can detect a thing.
However, it waa disappointing to learn that we can watch our loved ones fall into pieces and do nothing. We do let #pride, #egos, #jealousy, and so many other things come between us and doing the right thing for those we care for.
It is never the wrong thing to do to help someone in need. It is never the wrong thing to give someone a hand in their time of need. However, it is always the wrong thing to see it and look the other way. In today’s world, it is the rule to leave things for someone else to do it. We delegate and choose convenience, even in our relationships with one another.
In case you wonder why people turn to #drugs and #suicide. Inspect the circumstances and the action that caused the reaction.
No one chooses to go into the dark abyss unless they are saving a loved one, writing about it, or both.
#ptsd #trauma #traumaticexperiences
#caring #sympathy #empathy #helpingothers
#novel #novelrelease #fiction #arabamerican #muslimamerican
#pitabreadamerican #NafsTalk #osamasjihad
Here’s a helpful emotion wheel. All the emotions right here. Broken down into categories. It’ll help you get specific about how you feel. Recognizing all the different emotions that exist helps you be more self-aware or your own emotions, which improves emotional intelligence which basically improves your life 🧠✨Refer back to this, as needed. You’re welcome.
Where is your focus and is what you are focusing on helpful and good for you
Part of reclaiming yourself is learning to love who you are and not caring whether others understand you or like you. Worrying expends a lot of energy that could be better used elsewhere.
Are you using your energy wisely
Remind yourself of all the qualities that make you who you are! What would you fill in about yourself for the blank 🌺
Art by @livelovelearn.k ✨
Tag your friends in the comments below to remind them of how special they are! Share on social media to help spread awareness and positivity 🌱
God really spoke to me today as I'm finally done with a long day. Started in my bible then got kidnapped to a meeting this morning for Charlie 22.
As many know I lost my mom to suicide so suicide and suicide awareness is near and dear to me. Each day 22 vets die from suicide.
I'm going to be teaching some vets and their families tomorrow blue to paint rocks.
God has used my mom's death to bring me to Him. 1 death brought 3 to be saved. Each week at my shop when I teach a class I tell my story, I tell my testimony, I tell others about God and how I'm saved and here because of His son and my savior Jesus Christ.
I will get to tell my story again tomorrow. God knows what I'm dealing with as I write this with tear filled eyes. Here's telling me to not give up, to keep witnessing and telling others about Jesus.
I'm so thankful today for Him and also thankful for the country that I live in.
#jesus #salvation #suicide #suicideawareness #charlie22 #keelerkustoms #god #painting
This photo was taken of me in January when I was on the Women's Inpatient Unit at CAMH in Toronto. I was hospitalized for severe suicidal ideation. And you know what
It was like the movies.
There were scribbles on the walls done by distressed patients
But they were words of compassion and encouragement.
There were people who had hallucinations
And we all ate our meals together, unafraid of each other.
It was a locked ward,
But I didn't notice because of how hard I was focusing on getting better.
They gave me pills
And it helped balance my brain chemistry.
It's like the movies, but not the way you think.
#psychiatrichospitalization #suicide #depression #anxiety #biploar #selfhelp #toronto #trauma #mentalillness #mentalhealth
Many mental illnesses affect both men and women however men may be less likely to talk about their feelings and seek help. Suicide among males is 4x’s higher than among females. Male deaths represent 79% of all US suicides. (CDC) #mensmentalhealth #mentalhealth #menshealth #depression #suicide
Goodnight is story of a suicide by a woman in my recovery community. My friend defied her fate when she forgot to put a name on the thank you note she was leaving behind. She should not have woken up from the amount she took but she did. Upon awakening she called 911 and ended up in the UCLA psyche ward. I was the first to visit her and we laid out a plan of action for her when she was released. The days that followed were hopeful until she succumbed to another attempt and succeeded to sleep indefinitely. I wrote this song for her and sang it at the funeral! R.I.P. Mary O. 📷 @tamarlevine
"Kelsey," you say, "you can't keep posting the same pic of you in the bathtub with your book." First of all, of course I can, because I live here now. 🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁
I just finished Hold Still by Nina Lacour. It is a story about a girl whose best friend kills herself. It is incredibly emotional and well written and stunning. It is the kind of book that reminds you how beautiful life can be and how fucking hard it is sometimes. It was a hard read for me in this moment. Over the past few years, three of the people closest to me have struggled with suicidal thoughts. In all cases, these people are still here. I'm so damn lucky. They kept fighting. They asked for help and let me (and other loved ones) be with them during their darkest moments. I am infinitely grateful that I still have them with me. Their souls and lives are so vital to my world, my joy. If you're struggling today, or if you know someone who is, or you just know what that struggle feels like, I care about you. I love you and i'm here if you want to talk. I highly recommend talking to the folks on the National Suicide Hotline. They, and an educated friend (thank you @shoenrun), equipped me with the tools I needed to be present with the ones I love while they were suicidal. Suicide is not an answer; it's just another problem. There are other ways out. Please know you are so loved. 🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁📚🛁
#bookstagram #suicide #holdstill #instabooks #bathtubreads #kindlepaperwhite #suicideprevention