The Homeless on Happiness – Pt 2 – Jack

Jack is the kind of person who will overcome!

Gnarly Shanti

I feel extremely fortunate to have met Jack; one of the most open and charismatic people I have ever come across.

Jack has attempted suicide three times, at least one of which he blames on anti-depressants.


“SSRIs in particular” he says “send me from the most extreme highs to being completely and utterly suicidal”.


I asked him if he thinks anti-depressants are overprescribed these days.


“Definitely; on such a big scale. But it’s not the fault of the NHS because they’re under so much pressure. Appointment times are getting smaller, they’re facing cuts everywhere and so it’s much easier to prescribe Prozac or whatever than providing more time consuming, talking based approaches like CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)”.


Jack’s main philosophy on happiness is that everything is a choice.


“We’re not just at the mercy of what happens to us, we cannot change the hand we’ve been dealt, but we can change how…

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Author: Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma who loves cooking, baking, gardening, and all things that go into making a cozy coop for my brood. Although I'm disabled I try not to let it get in the way of what I love doing.

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