This year September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week. It is a week dedicated to spreading the word about Suicide Prevention to break the silence and stigma and help others who are struggling to find the help they need. And it is also a time to not only talk about these heavy topics but to be active and get involved so that we can #stopsuicide.
So why do I care about Suicide Prevention?
I have been there… I have known what is it is to feel as if I am drowning in a sea of hopelessness, I have known heartache that never seemed to subside, I have known the feeling of almost giving up and throwing it all away.
In the midst of my pain, I found Hope and Love in the arms, hearts and words of friends and even strangers. I found my light at the end of the tunnel. Together we picked up the pieces of my life and I started the long journey of treatment and recovery. And now I want to be the one to offer hope to others.
Suicide is something that affects all of us; it touches our lives in one way or another.
There is help and there is hope out there for anyone who is struggling. I believe that no one has to walk this journey of life alone, especially not during the difficult times.
I fight for suicide prevention because I believe no one should ever have to feel hopeless enough to take their own life. I fight because I believe no family should have to endure the heartache of losing someone they love so much to suicide. I fight to break down the silence and stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness so that help can be freely sought out and given to those in need.
I fight to see a world free of suicide, and I believe it is possible. And I am joined by millions who fight for the same.
We are united to offer help, hope and love to all those who are hurting.