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We want to hear your stories! Help build the Searching For Sero community by using the hashtag #FoundSero during your adventures. If we are intrigued by your story, we may track you down for a feature story!

 

 

7 comments

  1. Gale Stonehouse Reply October 28, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I had a 20 y/o son die by suicide 22 years ago. On my journey to healing I learned a lot about healing. In the last leg of my journey I have embarked on a new project to promote a healthier community by starting a walking trail in the natural countryside. I also offer mindful eating and stress relief. This is the second week and I’ve had good success with my neighbors. I know there is a HUGE need for suicide awareness and a safe place to explore our feelings without judgement. I am an ASIST and safe talk trainer with living works as well as an edu therapy specialist. If I can be of any help for your project please do not hesitate to contact me. 306-398-4064 or 306-390-7757 or email

    • John Reply October 29, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Gale,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. Let’s chat more over email.

      Thanks
      #FoundSero

      • Gale Reply July 30, 2016 at 3:07 am

        I just found your reply yes let’s do connect by email

  2. Caela Raven Reply January 12, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    First of all, thank you for creating this project. I only just stumbled over it and immediately felt an affinity and gratitude for your work. I am an Australian woman from a background of chronic anxiety and habitually low serotonin as well as other related mental health problems (other family members as well as myself). I have struggled for many years to understand, accept and cope with this and now, at 52, I am closer to realising that thriving rather than just surviving is indeed possible for me. This has been come about through my participation in physical activities that primarily involve adventure in natural environments – climbing, guiding, running, walking/hiking, camping and ‘being’ are the main ones.

    These experiences have changed, revitalised and saved my life and spirit many times over and continue to do so, whether I am performing well at them or not. That is, for me, a crucial indicator of their ‘wellness benefit’ – do I still want to take part, no matter how well or poorly I perform? Does my participation vs. my ‘performance’ engender a sense of wellbeing but also, over time, a sense of connectedness to the deepest essential parts of me, like a tap root feeding into some precious underground source of nourishment? This, for me, is key to my experience of not only raising my serotonin levels on a day-to-day basis but trying to change my baseline levels over time.

    Even though I may not take part in these activities every day, as long as I do a combination of them often enough I can get a ‘lift’ in between times by knowing that I will be experiencing them again soon. I am also fortunate to have other, quite different activities, that give me a similar sense of wellbeing but are less physical/external and more easily done at home – Feldenkrais, yoga, meditation, and a range of creative activities. Also living in a supportive, like minded community is very important – my small town is full of climbers/creatives who are adventurous and love the outdoors and trying new ways to experience it.

  3. Carl Reply May 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Cudos for launching this noble endeavor. Too many suffer in silence. Hiding in fear and silence is probably one of the most difficult hurdles for any suffering from mental depression or anxiety. Reaching out for help can be incredibly difficult mostly because of the stigmatism surrounding mental disease. Every time a story is shared, awareness grows and others share their journeys. A light begins to shine for others still in the darkness suffering. A beacon of hope. Hope can be a powerful catalyst in one’s life. I myself have felt its gift.

    I come from family with some mental health history. I myself suffered major depression some 6 years ago. Through a lot of self discovery and “creative escapism” I am thriving while managing my depression. One of the keys to my journey was my participation within a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA.org) which helped me feel socially connected and provided me with an environment to escape my demons whom drove my mental depression. I became very active in heavy armoured medieval combat, full speed, full contact. Through this sport I gained control over my depression and took control back of my life. During the last few years I have spoken with numerous fighters from all over north America. There are many from the military whom participate in this fighting sport. They all say the same, our fighting keeps us mentally healthier and better able to handle the challenges are lives present. “Creative Escapism” find your passion and let it help you find true mental well being.

    Kindest regards…..

  4. Lesley Skelly Reply May 22, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Kudos to you both. I lost my 23 year old son ‘Kit Skelly’ to suicide (you can google him for more info on his tortuous battle with Schizophrenia) in 2013. You are so right that the outdoors helps your mental health. It helped my son at times and being active outdoors helps me heal. I dragonboat, love to bike and golf and hike. And camp.

    I’d love to meet you (offer you a real bed and shower) when you are in Toronto.

    I’m so very sorry for your losses and send you love and wishes for safe travels

    • John Reply May 23, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Lesley,

      Thanks for reaching out and offering support. We would love to meet up. Please reach out to us when you see us getting closer. We plan to arrive in Toronto around late August.

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