Yes, YOU reading this. You’re beautiful and you have every reason to live. There is a reason you are here. There are so many things to be enjoyed in this thing called life. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and I think it’s important to talk about to raise awareness about something people may not talk about too much. I have a personal connection to this cause with someone who matters to me and have experienced loss due to suicide. I am sure some of you have too.
If you know someone who seems like they might be struggling, it’s so simple to reach out, talk to them, or just be there. But sometimes we don’t see it. And they don’t ask for anything. And then it’s too late. Have compassion for all people and treat people with kindness. We never really know what anyone is going through. Everyone goes through a battle at some point in life and you may know nothing about it. Compassion and empathy can go a long way and you never know what difference you might make. If you know someone close to you thinks about suicide, please direct them to crisis lines like the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) and encourage them to seek help. Be someone they can reach out to without judgement. Tell the important people in your life just how important they are. Don’t assume that they know. Because there is a good chance some don’t know.
Just remember that life, although challenging at times, is very beautiful. You matter. You were given this life to live it.