I didn’t realize that childhood, and the experiences that you go through as a kid can shape so much of your future. I grew up with a hardworking career driven mother and a very abusive, power hungry father. My depression today stems from anxiety, worthlessness, and guilt. I blamed myself for a lot of things, things I couldn’t control. From losing friends, gaining weight, not getting a good grade on a test, etc. I blamed myself for all of it. Today, I continue to struggle with triggers that instantly take me back to a very low place, however, I am grateful that I was given tools to pull myself out of it.
How do you think people can better support their loved ones struggling with suicidal thoughts?
Patience. Depression seems never ending and telling someone that it will be okay does not end the struggles that they are going through. Continue to let them know that you love them, reach out to them when you are in need of a helping hand- When I felt needed, I felt like I wanted to be here longer.
How long did you struggle with your mental health- and how did you find relief from suicidal thoughts?
I continue to struggle with my mental health, I’ve had opportunities to speak to therapists and continue to do so when needed. Being aware that something is wrong is a big step when I begin to sink into those dark thoughts, I realize what is happening and I work with the tools given to me to get out of my funk. I struggled with suicidal thoughts for about 2 years, having a therapist and serving others were a big part of my suicidal recovery.
what are some tips you would like to share to anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts?
Breath. I’ve learned to slow down and take a breath. Grounding myself and realizing that I am needed, that I am loved, and that my presence on earth right now is needed.
Why do you think someone would choose suicide?
For me, suicide was a way to escape the pain. I felt like I was drowning each day I stayed... and if I was drowning, I couldn’t imagine what I was doing to others around me just by simply being here. I didn’t think about my family or my loved ones, I knew they would be okay... However, the thought of not drowning anymore was exactly what I wanted.
What are some warning signs of suicide?
I feel like everyone is different. I wanted everything to feel normal- I was good at wearing a smile and acting like life was amazing. I never wanted anyone to suspect that I was struggling. I made plans and made sure my life seemed as normal as possible to others even though I was hurting so bad inside.
What can the average person do in their everyday life and relationships to be the kind of person that someone can turn to in the event of a mental health crisis?
Be kind, ask “how are you” and listen, really listen. Reaching out and showing anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts that you care is so helpful.
How can you help?
You do not have to be “perfect” to help another person going through mental health problems. Being kind, showing up, and listening when needed is more than enough when it comes to helping. However, a professional is best suited to help another with suicidal thoughts. Though being a friend is essential, tools given by a professional will best help the person get the help they need.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Finding your perfect hat starts with finding the perfect fit. Let's answer some common questions to help you find a Gigi Pip that will give you the best look and feel.
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) and most often measured in centimeters. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women's hats to be sized based on average women's head sizes and then adjusted down to fit.
For example - Since the average women's head size measures 57cm, a small to medium hat would be made to fit 57cm and then can be adjusted down to 55cm. Larger head sizes measure up to 59cm, so a medium to large size hat would be made to fit a 59cm head size and then can be adjusted down to 57cm. Children ages 7 and below are typically 53cm, and those ages 7+ tend to be 55cm. Because of this, Gigi Pip hats sizes are as followed:
Kids (53cm to 55cm)
S/M (57cm to 59cm)
M/L (59cm to 61cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Small - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Medium - 58cm (22.83 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 61cm (24.01 Inches)
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size and are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) and then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide on the style you'd like to size your hat to and adjust your hat accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table and measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eye brows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head and the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
This is the halo style way of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, and the front of you head up on your brow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, and the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally however we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
All Gigi Pip hats are made to adjust to the perfect fit. Before making any adjustments, check the inner band type and follow the directions below.
1. My hat has draw strings - If your inner band has draw strings located behind the tag on the rear side of the hat, simply pull them tight to adjust your hat size down a size or two. Pull gently to avoid a tare.
2. My hat DOES NOT have draw strings - Many types of inner bands do not allow for a draw strings such as leather, elastic or cotton with a foam lining. Hats without a draw string are adjusted by using Gigi Pip's Hat Sizing Tape (sold separately). Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head.
Directions to use Hat Sizing Tape: Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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