From the Quiet Room

candle

Welcome to Turtle Way Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2. Here you will find an eclectic mixed of personal stories, perspectives, poetry, and creative art from around the world. As always, I want to express my sincere gratitude to those who submitted their creative works in the spirit of inspiring and supporting persons who have mental illnesses.

September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day, which aims to: raise awareness that suicide is preventable; improve education about suicide; spread information about suicide awareness, and decrease stigmatization regarding suicide. See more at: http://www.everydaymatters.com/suicideprevention/#sthash.fe7jqk1t.dpuf.

I’d like to continue these goals into October by making suicide the topic of this issue’s Special Interest Section. Here you will find an article by Stan Popovich on why ending your life is not the answer and a prose piece by Tertia describing the morning she was to admit herself to the hospital for suicidal thoughts.

On a more personal note, I apologize for the amount of time that has passed since publishing our last issue. Unfortunately, the spring issue was canceled. As a person with mental illness and the only editor of Turtle Way, I have been struggling with my own symptoms the last six months. However, because you all keep submitting your creative works, I made it a priority to get this publication out sometime this fall, and I am happy to say: Yay! Here it is!

But wait! Before you dive in, let’s review a few housekeeping items:

  • WARNING: Please read the “trigger” disclaimer here.
  • COMMENTS: All comments will be moderated to protect the contributors, who have put forth their most sensitive and revealing works for us to read, view, and enjoy. As always, you may send your comments and questions either directly to the author via their contact information, or to me via the contact form here. Your comments may be included in future issues’ “Letters to the Editor” section unless you specify otherwise.
  • SUBMISSIONS: If you would like your work to be considered for upcoming issues, please review our submission guidelines here. Without you, there is no we, and only we can get through life – together, not alone.

Love and peace,

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