For our comrades with Kelly Henson

Episode 174

It really feels like it’s become another week of underlining themes around here at camp. With episode 174 being one of those conversations that really falls with in the hard conversations that need to had category. Before going any further, I must provide a TRIGGER WARNING! Because my guest Kelly Hensen and I teamed up recent to really make some gravy on what is a shunned, and even scary subject to address sucide prevention.

I use the adjective scary because I believe must of the tills a subject that given a stigma and swept under rug out of fear. It feels scary for a number of reasons. Partly because we struggle to understand how someone could be in such a bad place emotional they would be willing to walk through the open door of sucide. After all we know how precious life truly is, and we only get one. Secondly it’s so taboo because in order to truly aid someone to the other of those overwhelming moments we have to in someways admit we to have had moments of feeling as if that open door was an option for us.

While yes it’s truly one of them most complex and scary subjects we as humans have to deal with. Mainly because we just don’t know how to respond. The truth is we are in this together. We all play a part in this hive we call Society. There for it’s all of jobs to come to grips with our own fears and thoughts when someone around us at risk. Let’s be honest, no one wants to another miss out on the rest of the life they could lived just because they hit a very dark speed bump along the path. If we can do anything about it.

This is where Kelly’s journey fits in so well with mission of Project Mindfully Outdoors. After losing her sister to that open door she joined the cause of prevention and education. When she founded the BCC Evolution. You mission is to rase awareness and help both those struggling with this permit decision and the people around them that make up their support system. However Kelly’s work isn’t just focused helping to keep the door handle locked, but to mail it shut.

Through empowerment, teaching, and providing support Kelly and her staff work to shine a light on the fact that these permanent decisions are ones that come about while standing in a single moment in time. Their goal is to lead the way into the moment where there becomes a few extra paces between that door and where you will be standing.

The most powerful aspect of champing this cause is showing just what forces are truly at place in this moments and removing the judgement. Because it’s not a selfish act. The idea of opening and walking through that door comes from a breakdown of ability to process and inability to find comfort anymore. Thus leading to a mindset of being selfless by wanting to commit the act of turning the handle and stepping through the doorway.

If where to look at the tug of war we all play with fear and a lack of understanding plays within our lives. Then look around to see how much that battle as cost us or even forced us to miss out on. Or just to see how it has shaped our world. Now is as good as anytime to begin to rewrite that relationship with those traits and it’s difficult conversations like these that move the needle forward in doing so. If that shift truly requires a Nobel call to action. What better cause is there to champion then to understand and help a comrade along when they have fallen down?

If you think someone in your camp or even one adjacent to your could be struggling check in on them. Or if your weighting the decision of opening that final door simple reach out someone in your tribe or from another camp. It’s ok to ask help for help or to offer a hand to help someone over the wall and on to the better days that lay a head.

If you or someone you know is suffering with suicidal thoughts in the United States please call the national sucide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If your outside the United States a simple Google search will proved you a number to call. Or reach out to us here at Project Mindfully Outdoors at or Kelly Henson and BCC Evolution

Don’t chose that open door, remember it’s only one simple moment in time and it too shall pass. We need you here with our hive. Your voice has many songs left to sing and story holds many pages left to write. Until next time, talk soon.

This episode is decided to both Kelly Hanson’s sister, my dear friend Earl Williams, all those countless comrades we have lost to soon, and all of those struggles with the decision. It’s for you that we set up camp and choose to touch base and check in with on a daily basis. You can and will get through this. We have in you.

If we were to look at the tug of war we all play with fear and a lack of understanding plays within our lives. Then look around to see how much that battle has cost us or even forced us to miss out on. – Episode 174 of Project Mindfully Outdoors

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