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National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week

We see a lot of challenges here on the ‘gram, but this one resounds deeply in my heart.

This week we’re asked to post teal + purple bookstacks as a voice for National Suicide Prevention Week.

I’m choosing to share a stack + to again talk about @projsemicolon which raises money and awareness for mental health. I joined Project Semicolon several years back, getting my tattoo in memory of a friend who lost his battle. I will spend the rest of my life as an advocate demanding that we do better to de-stigmatize mental health issues so that those who might need help, can seek it without any fear of reprisal. So that no other family is left in the wake of “what if’s” that suicide leaves behind. So that no one else’s heart needs to be broken by this tragedy.

I also wanted to share this book by the remarkable @kathryncraft - who wrote the story of a man locked in a suicide standoff with police, told from the perspective of his wife, left waiting for the outcome. This is one of the most powerful pieces of literature I’ve read, all the more as this story is based on the very true events of Kathryn’s first husbands suicide standoff. I will not tell you this is an easy read, it’s not. But it is so necessary in continuing the dialogue of the rippling effects of mental health when left untreated. This book has stayed with me from the first time I read it. I suspect it always will.

Most importantly, if you or someone you love is contemplating suicide I implore you to reach out for help. There are people ready and willing to support you in this battle.

You are loved.

You are valuable.

You are wanted.

You can survive this disease. “A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life.” National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

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