I was talking with a new friend of mine today, Sheila. We were just talking about our past involvement on the issue of mental illness, and she told me about this documentary that Joey Pantoliano did. I have included a couple of videos below that I wanted to share with you. It is so important to get the word out about mental illness, and reach out to those who suffer……..
I really want you to hear about Jordan Burnham as well…..he suffers from Depression. He talks about the fact that many people do not understand that there is a difference between being depressed, and suffering from depression.
If you are suffering, I hope this will inspire you to reach out for help. You are loved, and although the illness makes you feel that you and everyone else would be better off without you, that is just not true!
If you are in crisis, please click on the yellow ribbon and call the hotline and get the help anonymously if that is what it takes. Please, for all of the people that love you, reach out for help!
Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom
I have a BIG Dream! I will be putting together a non profit foundation in Cliff’s name. This is not new, but I was struggling with how I could utilize my own gifts and passion, that would also be something Cliff would have been a part of!
So, I have come up with the answer. I have always wanted to rescue horses that have been injured, or perhaps have just gotten too old to race. They are such a beautiful animal, and growing up I was always riding and participating in different competitions. My son also had a passion for horses, and he would have really enjoyed helping me on this adventure.
So, as I put together this foundation, we will utilize the saving of these animals to also provide a place for those suffering from Bi-Polar disorder to come and help these animals, which will also help them as well. I want to give them every chance to take care of themselves as I know that Cliff always wanted that. Because of their illness they are not always able to keep a steady job, but desire it so very much. I also will have them be a part of the main household, preparing meals, keeping the grounds clean, keeping the house clean, tending to the horses, etc. Basically teaching them life skills while understanding their condition and giving them every possible chance to succeed in life. Mental illness is often times swept under the rug, and it is very sad. Nobody asks to suffer from mental illness, and unlike other illnesses, often times they have nowhere to turn to other than perhaps a mental institution that will medicate them to a point of non existence. Please help me with this dream! I am committed to my local Relay for Life Event as Event Chair for the next 2 years, but I am going to utilize this time to put together a group of interested parties in seeing this Dream of mine come to fruition. If you or somebody you know would be interested in bringing your personal gifts to the table and get this foundation established, I would love to speak with you! You can email me your contact information at email@example.com Thank you! Cliffs Mom~ Priscilla 😉
If you missed the show yesterday, you can still listen to the call. Please pass this on to everyone you know. The people who are hurting the most will never tell you. Grief over losing a loved one is so gut wrenching that it parralizes you and they don’t share it with anyone because they don’t want to admit how deeply it affects them. Just click on the “Listen to Cliff’s Mom” on Blog Talk Radio located on the left sidebar, and it will take you to the show. Remember to share this with everyone you know. God Bless! 🙂
Its mom here……
I just got done doing a blog talk radio show in your name. The holidays are tough on those of us left here on earth.
We had Thanksgiving in Kerman on Sunday, and your presence was definately missed. I miss you each and every day. You have our puppies Bobo and Smokey with you now, so I know that they are being well taken care of, and I am sure they were happy to see you!
It has been over 4 years since you left us, but it seems like just yesterday!
You will never be forgotten, and I will make sure that many others are helped in your name.
I love you son!
P.S. I have met a new friend April who also lost her son Daniel; we both find comfort in knowing that you both are not hurting anymore! Take care of oneanother and look for me…..I will be home to see you some day.
Hey everyone…..I am looking forward to hearing from you on Thanksgiving Day! Just make a note, I will be driving back from CA to NV so I moved the show to 2pm pacific time. I hope this doesn’t interfere with anybody’s schedule! 🙂
Okay, I have our show set up, and there is a direct link here on the left sidebar to get directly to the show. You will need to set up a free account with blog talk radio ahead of time so you can listen to the call via your computer speakers. If you would like to be a guest on this show, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you onto the show. You can also call into the show and just share your thoughts!
My main goal here is to just have an outlet for those of you who are missing your loved ones who are no longer with us! So, feel free to join us!
I will also be putting up a chat room for Thanksgiving Day, and more details on that will be coming soon!
Take care, and I hope to hear from you on the call Thanksgiving Day! 🙂
Priscilla; Cliff’s Mom 🙂
Hello everyone…..this is Cliff’s Mom Priscilla. I have not posted in quite some time, it is very tough at times to relive Cliff’s last moments. However, the holidays are fast approaching, and I know how tough it is on everyone! So, I am in the process of setting up a call on Blog Talk Radio for Thanksgiving day, and also a chat room for that same day. I want to be here for all of you who are in crisis, and those of us who have lost our loved ones. So please, join Cliff’s fan page…..it should be on the sidebar, and share this with everyone you know. Have a blessed day! 🙂
August 31, 2009 @ approx. 5:30 pst
I want to “Thank” all of you who have taken the time to visit “Cliff’s” new blog. I am very proud to have the honor of attempting to reach anyone who has been affected by mental illness, depression, thoughts of suicide, or perhaps you have lost someone close to you to suicide.
My purpose with this blog is to bring an awareness to the world in Cliff’s name. My hope and desire is to help as many people as I possibly can in Cliff’s name!
It really is amazing how many people are affected by this in some way or another…..the scary part, is that is could be someone very close to you and you don’t even know it. And actually, it is most probable that someone close to you IS affected…..the ones that are usually successful in their attempt at suicide never share those feelings with others.
So, please do me a big favor and be sure to sign up for the RSS feed of this blog……share it with everyone that you know, make comments here on the blog…..this will help us to get it to many more people.
In addition, if you have a twitter account, can you please send out a tweet right now regarding this blog and inviting others to view it? The twitter account to this blog is @cliffsstorycom.
Let’s work together and make sure that everyone we love and cherish has a safe place to get help. Somewhere they can be anonymous!
Thank you again, I love you all!
In honor of my dear son, Clifford E Widmer III, I love you son!