Suicide Prevention Is a Community Conversation

I’ve often said that survivors of suicide loss are part of a unique community that none of us wants to be in, few of us want to talk about, and yet by which all of us feel wholly defined. Once someone you love dies by suicide you are never, ever the same. If you’re like me, you probably feel confused and guilty. You likely feel alone, and you definitely feel the loss. But you’re not alone. More than 38,000 Americans died by suicide in 2010 — meaning that more people died by suicide than in car accidents — leaving hundreds of thousands to make sense of it all every single year. All that is to say: you, survivor of your parent/child/sister/brother/spouse/grandparent/cousin/classmate/friend’s suicide, are not alone.

….Help us honor all of the amazing people in our lives who we’ve lost to suicide by speaking up and reaching out. By sharing our loved ones’ stories, successes and struggles, we can help prevent suicide — and we can help our community heal.

by Alison Malmon, The Huffington Post

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