Today is the last day of World Suicide Prevention Week.
An organization that I love and adamantly support, To Write Love On Her Arms, created t-shirts, bracelets, posters, info cards, etc… all with the common goal of raising awareness of suicide prevention, and to help those hurting realize that they’re not alone in this struggle. If you just search #WSPD14 in social media, you will see some pretty great things.
Raising awareness one day of the year, or one week out of the year is really awesome. But this is just the beginning of something potentially incredible.
I challenge you to make this an every week, and every day event. Have conversations. Share your story. Ask the hard questions. Ask that person in your life how they’re really doing, and be there for the messy parts. People need other people, and we can really make a difference if we all work together. Your words might be the very thing that inspires someone to stay alive tonight.
And if you are struggling with the darkness, know that you are not alone. This part of your story might seem impossible, but there is still some time to be surprised. If you feel too much, don’t go. It’s okay to ask for help if you feel stuck. You are more than your drugs, more than your scars, more than your pain.
Taking the first step into recovery, opening up, and having honest conversations can be terrifying, but it is so important. And there is so much to look forward to. You are very loved. No one else can play your part.
If you need help, feel free to contact me, or check out some of these places…
1-800-273-8255 is the number for the National Suicide Hotline for those in the U.S.
IMAlive: An online crisis chat, because sometimes talking on the phone is difficult.
The Trevor Project: A suicide hotline/chat for LGBT youth.
you can make it to the sunrise: A Spotify playlist I made for when I have bad days <3