Did you know that it’s Suicide Prevention Week? Having experienced suicide in my own family, and spending the last several years researching it for the Station series, I know a little about the topic, but I’m not a counselor or a doctor. I’m just a person, who, like so many others, has been left behind after someone has made the choice to let go. This topic, something so integrated into our society now, and such a huge stress for our youth especially, is still not talked about enough. There’s an invisible barrier up around it, which I challenge everyone to break down and discuss more, because the hardest part about losing someone to suicide is the not knowing how you could have helped them stay. And the more depression and harmful thoughts are talked about and shared, I firmly believe the more support can be given to help those in need.
No one can save the world on their own, but together, imagine what we could do for each other. If you have a moment, watch this touching and short video made by Chester Bennington’s teenage son, making a pledge to reach out if he needs it, and asking viewers to do the same.
Though it may feel like it at times, we aren’t alone. Here’s a *HUG* from me to you, take it and use it whenever you need to. If you need help, it’s okay, but don’t hold it in – call someone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) can provide those of you in the US with counselors to talk to. You matter.