A Dialogue with the Part of Me that Wants to Die

A Dialogue with the Part of Me that Wants to Die

In the spirit of the Ancient Egyptian text that features a conversation between a suicidal man and his soul, I'm going to interview the part of me that wants to die. I am not suicidal. I've never attempted suicide or been tempted to attempt. Yet, many years ago, I broke down in tears when someone asked me to identify a meaningful song from childhood. For me, that song was Puff, the Magic Dragon. When I thought of the lyrics that explained that the boy in the song, Jackie Paper, grew up and Puff was devastated when he stopped coming to their meeting place. For some reason, I wept and wept when I thought of the friendship between this boy and his magical dragon ending. And I wanted to die. I…
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10 Journaling Prompts for Mental Health that Inspire Healing

10 Journaling Prompts for Mental Health that Inspire Healing

You can listen to the audio version of this article, too! The 10 journaling prompts for mental health on this page come from a different place. It's not about your diagnosis or how to cope. These journaling prompts for mental health contain the empowering assumptions. More than any response you might give, the prompts send your mind in certain directions that are healthy. Pollyanna? No. Your life is made of your personal paradigms. How you see the world is how the world is (to you). The mental health system's paradigm is the disease model, which says.... Something's wrong with your brain. It can't be fixed. Hopefully, we can manage it. For some people, the disease model might be the best option. Hoping to recover and improve your life might only…
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