September is Suicide Prevention Month
19 September 2015
Last month I was filmed for a documentary coming out about Justin Fashanu, the british soccer star who took his own life in 1998. He was a close friend and we worked together in management and ownership of a pro soccer team. One minute we were doing big things with a bright future ahead of us and the next minute, he was gone. It seemed like things spiraled down quickly for him, but the issues that triggered that final act had been building for a long time. September is Suicide Prevention Month. If you are struggling with issues that seem insurmountable, or if you know anyone who is, please get help. Don’t hold it inside. Nothing is worth taking your life. Nothing is insurmountable. The sun ALWAYS rises after even the darkest night. If you get up and it’s cloudy, it doesn’t mean the sun doesn’t exist, it’s just hidden. Things will clear up. Remember, growth comes not just during the sunny times, but also during those dark, cloudy moments. It may be painful and unpleasant now, but just trust me, things will get better. I know because that year in 1998, I also lost my brother Abbey to cancer, I had some very difficult business situations to deal with, we almost lost a dream home that we wound up having to sell and my marriage was going through very tough times. I had moments where I thought maybe it wasn’t worth carrying on. Somehow, I stuck it out — with the help of some very good friends and some professional counselors. One by one the problems evolved and the clouds cleared up. It wasn’t easy, but I got through it. It was that period that really sparked my desire to live a wellness oriented lifestyle. Looking at where I am today, I’m glad I made the choices I made. If you’re dealing with overwhelming things in your life, get help. Trust me on that one, you’ll be glad you did. God loves you, and so do I. Peace and love.
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A.J. Ali, "The Wellness Motivator!" is an award-winning writer, producer, actor, host, voice over artist, emcee and creative visionary. He is the Founder and Executive Producer of EclipseVSC since 1999.
A.J. is currently producing and hosting the multimedia wellness entity "Wellness 101" with a vision of helping to change the focus of healthcare in America from sickness to wellness (www.wellness101life.com). To launch the Wellness 101 brand, A.J. did the impossible. Starting with only $500, he traveled through all 50 states in 101 days June 16 through September 24, 2014 -- starting in Melbourne Beach, FL and ending up on a sun soaked beach in Hawaii after changing lives in all 50 states.
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A.J. has more than 30 years experience in sports and entertainment as an athlete, artist and social entrepreneur. He has founded and owned two pro soccer teams and has spearheaded hundreds of successful projects. A.J. created and starred in the TV show "Good Fellas of Baltimore" on Fox in 2011, which raised more than $250,000 for charities in Baltimore and inspired fans to join the cast to help people in need. As an on-air talent and voice over artist, his enthusiastic love of people makes him believable and inspirational. As a wellness speaker and emcee, he is inspiring. An accomplished writer with a conversational style, his work is transformative. His 2007 song "Through the Darkness, Into the Light," compilation music CD "Survivor Celebration" and Survivor Celebration campaign helping cancer survivors won the coveted Hollywood FAME Award for National Community Service.
As a philanthropist and entrepreneur, A.J. has raised more than $25 million for charities. He teaches his charity event success methods through a workshop called "MAKE IT RAIN."
He is proud to be a U.S. Air Force Veteran (83-87). His mantra is "LOVE is the answer." He is an avid golfer.