Baker Act Florida

A true story of one of our Veterans

ShayMotion state media and I decided that we wanted to share this message and I wanted to share with you some of my personal past experience with this particular battle.
There are certain things that we hold close to our hearts. This, for me, is one of them. I’m going to tell you something a little personal, but it’s true. When I got out of the Marines in 2013 I was elated to be “free”. What I didn’t realize was how my life was going to change. The Marine Corps took good care of me. I knew where to be, when to be there and what to wear. They fed me, not always the best food, but I was fed nonetheless. They gave me a roof and a bed to sleep in. They gave me brothers and sisters; companionship.It was not until I became a civilian that I realized that I was alone. That my gunny will not be there to help me when I really needed it. That I would have to find a means to feed myself and a way to put a roof over my head. It was terrifying! Simply recollecting the list of things I needed to ‪#‎survive‬ in this world gives me anxiety. The MC was a safety net. It was home.
Depression is real and I’ve been there. I’ve felt it and took the pharmaceuticals that removed my “sadness”, in fact it removed my happiness too. ‪#‎drugsarentalwaystheanswer‬
It was hard to get out of that depression but with love and support I made it. Have I gone in the clear no, because I think depression is something that can always sneak up and wrap its arms around your throat, you just have to know to keep your chin in and keep breathing.
Life is hard. That is undoubtably the truth, but life is also ‪#‎beautiful‬ and in time things pass and we need to look into each other for ‪#‎love‬ and support. ‪#‎PTSDis‬ not limited to ‪#‎military‬ personnel. It is a disorder that can effect all ‪#‎humans‬. We must be ‪#‎empathetic‬ to others and their situation(s)
ex: a person who I will not name once told me “come to me when you have a real problem” after I confessed that “I’m not feeling like myself I’m really sad and I’m not really sure why, but the best way to describe it would be…lost. Like when I was little and I couldn’t see my mom . I kind of panicked” after her comment my anxiety and depression escalated because I felt… Stupid for feeling lost and sad. For me going from civilian to marine was empowering and marine to civilian was debilitating.  ‪#‎vet‬
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