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JOIN US FOR OUR WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUP ON ZOOM

WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUP

We are living in very uncertain times.  This may cause an increase in emotional struggles.

The Jewels’ Angels Foundation wants to help.  We are forming a support group for anyone who needs emotional support … a safe place where you can chat with us and other group members.

If you are interested please e-mail us so we can schedule you into our weekly support group.  We look forward to meeting you:)

Meeting time:  Every Thursday @ 8 pm Pacific Time

Where:  Zoom

Contact information to reserve your spot:

jwilkinson@jewelsangels.org

pwilkinson@jewelsangels.org

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Walmart Grant

Great news!  The Jewels’ Angels Foundation is excited to announce that we received a grant from Walmart to be used towards our funding for the Jewels’ Angels Ranch.  Our original start date was this summer, June 2020, but unfortunately it is taking a little bit longer than expected; however, we are still in the process of making Jewels’ dream come true.

We will keep you posted and updated with new information and an opening date.

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COVID – 19

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It seems that within the blink of an eye our entire world has changed.  The way of life we once knew has been challenged.  We are hoarding things we once thought of as disposable.  We are filled with fear; fear for our own health, our economy, our future, and even of each other. It seems to be as if our values have been altered.

As a community we have worked so hard to spread love and kindness to all those around us, but now we are afraid to touch, hug, and reach out to those hurting.  We have been forced to isolate ourselves from others in fear of getting sick, and therefore, we are isolating ourselves from those who need us.

Our culture is consumed with panic.  The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has already affected over a million people worldwide and I’m afraid the confirmed cases are only going to increase within the next few weeks and possibly for the next few months.

However, my biggest concern is within the groups already suffering with anxiety, depression, and suicide ideations.  When someone is already struggling with mental illness, having an added stress component of possible financial ruin can send them over the edge.  Financial security plays an important role in our culture and some of us do not have the resources or strength to overcome such a devastation, leading to an increase in their mental health symptoms.  I just heard about a father who took his wife and child’s life before taking his own, in Riverside County. This is terrifying; this added stress concerns me for our communities’ well-being.

As an advocate for suicide awareness and prevention, I am struggling with the fact that our suicide rates may increase, due to the added pressure that has been laid upon our hearts with the COVID-19.  Our country is not equipped with the resources to fully help the mentally ill in a normal world, and now we have this overwhelming issue.  Also, the majority of our population does not have the tools to be able to overcome such a devastation of not being able to work.  A lot of people have lost their jobs, businesses, and homes.

We may not be able to save the world, but little by little we can make a difference by continuing to find good in people and notice when someone is hurting, especially the people we encounter throughout the day.  This is so important.  We must continue practicing kindness and caring for humanity.  At times it may seem like an impossible task, but we are not the only ones who are going through these uncertain times, the entire world has been affected—so you are not alone.

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Finding Hope with Mental Illness

 

img_1417-1Mental illness is a chemical imbalance in the brain.  The majority of our society does not understand what it feels like to suffer with symptoms of mental illness; including not being able to think correctly.  It may seem like such a simple act, but for those of us suffering with mental illness, seemingly simple every day tasks take a toll on us and are not easy. It is difficult to maintain normalcy within a world that doesn’t understand how our brains work.

Those of us with mental illnesses are struggling every day. Always remember to treat everyone with compassion and love. We with mental illnesses are strong by nature, but also broken. It affects us very negatively when we are ignored or treated differently than anyone else.  But we can all do our part by helping each other, such as; giving someone who is struggling a hug, or offering a kind gesture. Just something to let us know that we are not alone; by leaning on people who we trust and who we can reach out to when we need them to be there for us.

Author:  RAH

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What is your biggest fear? 

We all have at least one. One thing that really makes us shake down to our core when we imagine it. These fears are generally thought of as negative concepts; however, they can be turned into something positive.

Step one is learning to conquer this fear, and eventually the feelings of fear turn into feelings of excitement. This is an extremely empowering feeling. Turning something negative into something positive is really testing yourself, because you are slowly learning how to conquer your biggest fear and then you realize how much you can truly accomplish in all other aspects of your life. Conquering something that large for yourself shows how strong you are, and how strong you can be if you set your mind to it. The power of our minds is great, and it is a skill we should truly utilize and learn to grow.

Test yourself today; take small steps to conquer that fear of yours. Everyone has the power to better themselves ❤️

 

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Happy New Year 2020!

 

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The Jewels’ Angels Foundation would like to wish you and your family a new year filled with love, peace, and joy!  We don’t walk this journey alone.

Please remember to ask for help if you need it because the ones who love us want to help us, but don’t always know we are hurting, unless we tell them.

Life can be beautiful if we let it.  It’s not about the destination, but about the journey and those we choose to allow into our lives.  Let go of the toxic relationships and thoughts, by letting in the light.  The storm will pass because where there is rain there is also a rainbow in the light.

Photo credit by RAH

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INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 23rd

Before I was unfortunate enough to becoming a survivor, I thought a survivor of suicide was someone who had contemplated suicide and had failed. It wasn’t until I was a survivor that I realized it meant more than that.  It was someone left behind, someone who had lost a loved one by suicide, a person who was merely existing with the agony of destruction of losing someone who they deeply loved.

A survivor is someone who drags themselves out of bed each morning, but yet somehow finding the courage to face another day; a day that may have moments of laughter, a day that may result in shedding many more unexplained tears of sadness, but in all the aftermath, this person is one of incredible strength because those of us who are survivors of suicide are some of the strongest and most courageous people I’ve ever met.

I personally like to spend this day with people I love, while remembering the person I lost.  A suicide survivor is someone who lives with the pain and emptiness of losing a loved one to suicide.  I believe the best way to spend this day and every day is by remembering their laughter, their joys, their funny phrases, and doing the things they loved doing with you.  It’s easier said than done but I believe that staying positive is one of the most powerful actions we can do in desolate moments like these.  I think it is important to remember our good memories with them, knowing that they are happy, and in a better place. It’s a cheesy phrase that we hear a lot when we lose someone, but it holds a deep meaning for me.  My wish for you is to find peace throughout your day.

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SAYING GOODBYE TOO SOON

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As I sit here, looking into your eyes and smiling face – staring back at me from your picture that still sits on my desk – I’m reminded of the never ending pit in the bottom of my stomach, as the aching in my heart reminds me that you’re gone.

It’s been almost three years now, but the emptiness that remains has not left me; however, a reminder to my soul that will never be replaced.

Your picture reminds me of how fragile life can be.  How could I have known that this picture was to be the last day we spent together.  Even now, as I gaze into your happy face, I can’t believe that you are really gone.

It only makes me realize how short life can be and the everlasting importance to cherish every day – never taking those we love for granted.

Love is a gift.  When we die, this is what remains with those we’ve left behind, not the materialistic things we chose to value in our existence, but the love we carry in our hearts for those we are blessed to have in our lives.

When we’re feeling lost and alone, look around and reach out to those you love.  At times, we may feel alone and as if nobody loves us, but trust me, as a mom who has lost a big part of my heart the day God asked for his angel back, love is all we have.  Nothing else matters, but our love for those we have chosen to keep close to us and forever in our hearts.

 

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Join us at the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on November 2nd

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Support The Jewels’ Angels Foundation as we walk to fight suicide in the Out of the Darkness Inland Empire Walk .

This mission is so important to us.  We lost Jewels to suicide on November 26, 2016.  She was only 14 years old.  We miss her everyday and don’t want any more families to have to live with the loss we have lived with for almost three years and have to live with for the rest of our lives.  The more we speak about suicide, the more lives we can save ❤  She was our light in the darkness and we miss her terribly everyday.  This is why we will never stop the fight against suicide, until we as parents, siblings, friends, and family, can lay our head down at night with the peace in our hearts knowing that another loved one will NOT die by the fate of their own hands.

MAKE A DONATION  Donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk on November 2, 2019 in Rancho Cucamonga