Imagine how you would feel in the unsettling shipwreck scenario. How would you feel stranded and alone on a deserted island, without resources, and left to your fears and anxiety? Millions of people struggle with the fear and anxiety of isolation, but not because of a shipwreck, because of mental illness.
There are many differences in physical isolation and that of the isolation caused by mental illness, but the answer to a safe return is the same: reaching out for help. Depression and bipolar disorder can make it difficult to ask for help, and to realize that it is needed.
Earlier this week three men were stranded on an uninhabited island in the pacific. Their boat had capsized and the men had been swimming for two miles in the dark when they came across the island. There were searches under way in the area for them, and a Naval Plane spotted their distress signal of palm leaves in the sand spelling out H-E-L-P.
Two main things happened for their successful rescue:
- Their friends and family knew the warning signs and sought help.
- The stranded people reached out for help.
In recovery and rescue situations it is important to have support systems, to know who to contact, and to ask for help.