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Can suicide be in your family’s future?

With suicide you never know what thoughts are racing through the saddened mind. Sometimes we can’t fathom that our friend, sibling, mother or father committed suicide. People around them felt like they were so happy, always laughing and smiling, never revealing signs that they were so depressed. Look at Robin Williams the famous comedian, who was always passing a joke. Suicidal people wear a mask and rarely share their true self or feelings. Whether they are ashamed of their depression or feel alone where they cannot trust anyone, they keep their thoughts a secret. Suicidal people want their privacy and don’t have the courage to ask for help when their mental state manifests the thoughts of choosing death. They may feel like they are in a vacuum, with darkness slowly seeping in and their breathing trending toward hyperventilation. Suicidal minds can feel blurred and even upside down, bringing them to the brink of insanity. In successful attempts, their demise is silent and not very forgiving. I know first-hand as a family member experienced several suicide attempts.

As I described in the book, The Shattered Oak, the victim was a recipient of domestic abuse from her husband. She took solace under the strong oak tree in her front yard. As she sunk further into mental illness, the oak too became distress and ill. In Barbara’s case she was lucky by surviving three suicide attempts. As we know some aren’t so lucky. I think most of us do occasionally struggle with depression but most filter it back out and let it go. Sometimes struggling makes us a stronger and gives us perspective to let go of our past and absorb our mistakes along the way. Most of us struggle with self-worth issues, but normally we rise to the occasion and succeeded. Depression can intervene in the thought process and cause us to focus on the negative. Psychologists continually try to understand why a person’s negative view of their situation outweighs their desire to live. Clinical studies have shown that stressful situations can actually bring on a form of mental illness where the person is not totally in control of their decisions. For the families of those victims many questions go unanswered.

Surviving suicide attempts and addressing mental illness can alter our viewpoint. Life is meant to present choices from our experiences that can change us for the positive. Barbara recovered after living through heartaches and burdens that transformed her future. Even this of us who live relatively normal lives, can learn that we have the sole capability to make beneficial choices in life. It’s how we elect to see, digest and live our lives that matters. The survival of the victim and her family in The Shattered Oak inspires us and reminds us that if we are struggling from thoughts of suicide from domestic abuse there are resources available. Family members should watch for the warning signs and not let the victim distance themselves from everyone. Suicide is on the rise and it is time we looked more closely at the link to stress from variety of conditions including domestic abuse, as a primary trigger. http://www.theshatteredoak.com

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For immediate release                             Contact: Nina Anderson 413-229-9042

February 1, 2019                                                                                              

Powerful woman’s story on domestic abuse, suicide attempts,
mental breakdown and recovery

Sheffield, MA -Based on a true story, The Shattered Oak is a book that gives the reader insight into the mind of a spousal-abused woman. As most accounts regarding mental health issues come from the medical or psychological viewpoint, we rarely feel the trauma the individual experiences. Barbara takes us inside her emotionally charged existence, letting us experience the anguish of domestic abuse, divorce, attempted suicides, and incarceration in a mental institution. A savior finally unravels the mystery surrounding the contributing factors to her dysfunctional mental state and leads her on the path to recovery.

This book is a must-read for anyone going through domestic abuse or depression, including family members who are trying to make sense out of the situation. According to Dr. M. Tuttle, “We, as physicians, must always question that the obvious answer may not be correct. Medicine is a career of learning, unlearning, and learning anew as new diseases and cures are discovered. We should never avoid questioning a diagnosis or treatment as was well demonstrated by this book.” The Shattered Oak reveals the circuitous path victims of emotional or physical trauma follow to make sense of their depression and suicidal thoughts. At a time when these maladies are on the increase, we should pay attention to potential triggers and look outside the box to find solutions. The Shattered Oak is a riveting account of Barbara’s journey as she relates to the once alive and vibrant oak tree in her yard that slowly dies as she progresses down the dark path of mental illness.

The author, Sherry Genga experienced Barbara’s trauma first hand, “Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, I am a firm believer of everything happens for a reason. Barbara’s story has a profound stance on the world. The more I share the story, the more I see a strong perspective of healing the delicate minds that are so unbalanced. I have learned so much while writing The Shattered Oak and feeling Barbara’s emotional pain, that I have mapped out my own path for a more positive life.”

-This book is now available in bookstores and online, and through the publisher’s website www.SafeGoodsPublishing.com


Safe Goods Publishing, 561 Shunpike Rd., Sheffield MA 01257

We are the books we read…

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in.  You are what you take from these.  You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.  You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life.  You are every single day.  So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence.  Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind.”

-Jac Vanek

For more information on the book http://www.theshatteredoak.com

Lessons learned from domestic abuse.

Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, I am a firm believer of everything happens for a reason. My new story has a profound stance on the world. The more I share my story, the more I see a strong perspective of healing the delicate minds that are so unbalanced. If I knew I could not fail, I would spread the word on paper and post it on every oak tree, every bulletin board and every ear willing to listen. I have learned so much about writing Barbara’s story and feeling her emotional pain that I have mapped out my own path for a more positive life. Our thoughts are like looking at our reflection in the water glimmering, smeared, blurred and even upside down. Sometimes effecting our minds to the brink of insanity. Our visions need to stay clear and only reflect on what is important without focusing on the negative. Valuable knowledge can be extracted from our past by absorbing our mistakes along the way. Life is meant to grasp at our experiences, learning how our impressions can change us for the positive after living through our heartaches and burdens that transform our future into proud accomplishments. I have learned that I have the capability to make my own choices in life. It’s how I elect to see, digest and live my life that matters. Realizing laughter and smiles can inspire us to get through our deepest darkest days and free our souls from depression. Domestic abuse, suicide, and mental illness all can be managed with the right resources if we are all willing to help inspire those who are in need. Barbara needs her oak tree to stay strong through the story. Just like her, I find my peace and serenity in nature. The calmness in the air helps me to understand how I can respect myself by discovering my clever spirit along the way and unearthing my inner peace.

To learn the story go to www.theshatteredoak.com

The Shattered Oak

A powerful story of how one women overcame domestic abuse and a misdiagnosis of mental illness. Based on a true story by Sherry Genga. $14.95 120ppg