The Battle From Within

On the 11th of August 2014, the world said goodbye to a well-loved man, Robin Williams. A well-known actor, comedian, producer and screenwriter who was a comedy genius, but he also knew when to deliver a heart-breaking performance.
News reports indicate that Williams took his own life, which highlights the devastating reality that sometimes the people that bring such joy to people are suffering from the darkest demons. As many have already stated that Williams’s death brings light to the taboo subject of depression.

If you are suffering from depression or know of anyone, do not be afraid to pick up the phone and tell someone. It is okay to feel not okay at times.

To Write Love On Her Arms

Samaritans

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore

Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245)

National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000

Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS

NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632

Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET

Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357

Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: (UK only) 0844-561-6855

Beyondblue info line: (Australia only) 1300-22-4636

24/7 Crisis Line:(Canada only) 905-522-1477

Lifeline Australia: 13-11-14

Youth & Teen Hotlines:

National Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663

Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)

Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens): 1-800-999-9999

Boys Town National: 1-800-448-3000

Teen Helpline: 1-800-400-0900

TeenLine: 1-800-522-8336

Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663 or 1-800-422-0009

Runaway Support (All Calls are Confidential): 800-231-694

National Runaway Hotline: (US only) 1800-231-6946

Child Helpline: (UK Only) 0800-111

Kids Helpline: (Australia) 1800-55-1800

Youth to Youth: (UK only) 020-8896-3675

Kids Help Phone Canada: 1800-688-6868

National Youth Crisis Hotline:(US only) 800-442-442-4673

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The Dreaded Dissertation.

Last week I received confirmation from my university that I had passed second year and would be going into my third and final year of university. Which is great, I get to finish my degree and go into the big wide world of work and adulthood. However, before I get there I just have to tackle the small thing of a 12000-word dissertation.

Everyone who has graduate university has done some form of a dissertation in their final year and it is something many people dread, myself included. It is not the amount of words I dread, it is choosing something that can keep me interested for several months and still want to write about. I know some university offer suggestions to their students about what to write about, mine does not. The only thing the dissertation is that it has to be a piece of research that somehow links back to what we have studied. And that is where my problem is.
I would not say I was fickle so that is not an issue. The small thing is I can literally choose to do a piece of research on anything I want. So what on earth do I choose?

I have a few ideas and hopefully by next week I will have finally settled on an idea that I like. Alongside deciding what to do the dreaded dissertation on, I have to become really organised. I do not want to spend my last year at university fretting about my dissertation every minute of the day, this is where organisation comes into play. I have read many blogs stating that you need to get reading for your dissertation as soon as you can because this takes a lot of time (alongside the literature review) so that’s where I hoping to begin next week after deciding on my idea.

So this start of my final university year, I am going to tackle this dissertation head on and not be blasé about it. Because if I want a good degree at the end of my three years at university I have to put the work in, no one else will. A bit of tough love? That might be the case but if I come out with a degree I am happy with then it will be a job well done.