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Thursday, 14 December 2017

I Shot Myself In The Face

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha December 15, 2017 :
A SUICIDE survivor who shot herself in the head now helps others to beat the stigma of mental health. At 7am one foggy morning in 2010, Christen McGinnes, loaded a .357 revolver at her home in Virginia and calmly made the decision to shoot herself in the head. The decision to take her own life had come after a year of trauma after losing her job, breaking up with her partner and her beloved grandmother passing away. Christen was airlifted to hospital and was in a coma for three weeks. The bullet had destroyed the right side of her face, from her eye to her chin. It had blown off the right jawbone, a third of her teeth and tongue, the lower half of her mouth and her right eye. She’d also shattered her nose. The love and care she received from the people around her showed Christen that life was worth living, and now she spends her time helping others break the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide attempts by volunteering at the Trauma Network Centre in Virginia.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.