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Free e-book for Suicide Prevention and Awareness

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Letting Go has been revised and updated as of 9/17/2014. If you downloaded it before, you may want to update your current version for free. The print version has also been updated.

When Dan put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, he thought it would all be over, but he soon learns that in death, just like in life, you don’t always get what you want.

As he watches the consequences of his suicide he meets Tar, a benevolent spirit who tries to help him let go of his life on Earth and move on to ‘real Heaven’. A dark, tormented spirit is drawn to Dan’s fiancée, Anne, as she struggles with her grief and guilt, becoming her constant companion.

Dan hopes that with Tar’s help, he can find a way to save Anne and her three-year-old daughter from the shadowy spirit. However, things aren’t always what they seem with spirits, and Dan begins to wonder who it truly haunts.

     “Carrie Lange writes with the soul of a poet telling a beautiful and haunting story of love, loss, and the redemption of life.” – M.S.

     “Be prepared to ask your own questions about what life and love really mean.” – S.S.

     “Couldn’t put this book down.” – M.K.

     “Differently wonderful!” – A.K.

 

A print copy of Letting Go can be purchased at createspace. The link is at the bottom. All proceeds from the sale of the print copy are still being donated to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Letting Go can be downloaded for free at the following websites. All you have to do is click on the icon, or copy & paste the link below the icon:

 

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Letting-Go-Carrie-Lange-ebook/dp/B00C9KX2JU/ref=zg_bs_156448011_f_5

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Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/letting-go-carrie-lange/1115206475?ean=2940046128512

iBooksButton[1]iTunes Bookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/letting-go/id913020392?mt=11

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Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/book/237811822/Letting-Go

Letting Go is also available to purchase in print. All proceeds from sales of the print copy are donated to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Donation Of My Proceeds To The Suicide Prevention Lifeline

ba5fb-suicide-prevention-logo-1I have meant to do this for a while, but have not had a lot of free time to devote to my blog. I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Facebook, just because it’s faster. But, with the recent and tragic death of Robin Williams to suicide, I felt it was now the time to act.

I am attaching my tax documents to verify my “profits” from the sale of my book. The book was only for sale through Amazon as Kindle e-book, or a paper back book.

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On paper, I made $99.36. In actuality, I didn’t earn any profits, because I spent slightly more than that amount on publishing it, lol.  🙂

That’s fine by me, however! Today, I donated $150.00 to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in memory of Daniel Rieske, who my book is lovingly dedicated to. I do also have a recurring donation of $20.00 per month, which I’ve been donating for over eight years now in his memory.

20140813_141108I will be setting the book’s price to free…just as soon I figure out how to do that on Amazon. Of course, I can’t set the paper back book to free, but I will set it to the lowest point I can.

If you, or someone you know needs help, please call the Lifeline. They are there for you 24/7. Your life matters. No one will be better off without you, even if it may seem otherwise.

In Memory of Daniel Rieske

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Dan – the trauma of losing you has passed. But the grief of missing you, and my love for you, is just as strong as ever.

It’s been 13 years today since I lost my fiance, Dan Rieske, to Clinical Depression. He had a potentially fatal disease, yet he refused to seek medical treatment because our society told him it wasn’t a physical illness but a weakness of character. He was ashamed by his illness because the world around him told him he should be ashamed.

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My daughter also has a mental illness, and the same society that drove Dan to suicide also tells her the same thing. “It’s all in your head” “You’re such a weirdo” “You just want attention” “You need to get off all that medication and find out what the real problem is” “Everyone gets depressed, you just need to learn better coping skills”

Hey society, we know what the problem is – a chemical imbalance in the brain. Dan and my daughter and everyone else with a mental illness have no more reason to be ashamed than a person with Alzheimer’s, or brain cancer, or Parkinson’s disease, or any other physical disability in their brain.

Our society is the one who should be ashamed. Every person who has ever questioned my parenting skills, or my daughter’s character, or pushed me for the “real” reason Dan committed suicide – should be ashamed.

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End the stigma of mental illness.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day ~ Light a Candle near a Window at 8 PM

 

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.  The Little Blog of Letting Go, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health organization (WHO) are encouraging people to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost through suicide, and for the survivors of suicide.

Lighting a Candle near a Window at 8 PM offers people who cannot participate in a World Suicide Prevention Day event the opportunity to observe the Day in a private and personal way. Visit the official website here: IASP – World Suicide Prevention Day

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year is “Stigma:  A Major Barrier to suicide Prevention.”  Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.

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How do I talk to my spouse about the possibility of depression?

Wonderful post about helping a depressed spouse. This blog is devoted to those supporting a depressed loved one. Check them out!

Depression's Collateral Damage

Getting your spouse to discuss the possible presence of depression is no small feat. Many times when Bern and I have led groups or offered presentations, the most difficult question to tackle is “How do I get my husband to even hear me?” And yes, it is almost always a woman asking about her husband, rather than the other way around.

This past week when we met with the support group we lead, a new friend joined us. And she asked the big question. She was considering the fact that her husband was self-medicating with alcohol, that fact that he has a family history of bipolar disorder, the fact that his sleep regimen is a complete wreck…over all, she was adding two and two and coming up with a “four” that made her feel very concerned. Combine all this with the fact that her husband refuses to see any kind…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Spread the word, help end the stigma, you can save a life. September 10th – World Suicide Prevention Day