This topic touches me greatly. I know what it’s like to feel like there’s no hope, like I’m just a burden that the world is better off without. I don’t feel like that right now but I know it will come up again. The important thing to remember is that the desire to end one’s life can happen at our lowest low points, even if we still have high points and take joy in life at other times. Just because you see someone looking cheerful and friendly, doesn’t mean that they may have moments where they’re a hairsbreadth away from ending it all. So be a good friend. Be kind to others. Your smile at the grocery store might be the one thing that gets a suicidally depressed person over their own personal crevasse and onward to a long healthy life, instead of falling down in it.
Talk about it. Be understanding. Know where your resources are in case you need them. This isn’t a secret to be kept in the dark – suicide happens and it affects everyone around. When I light that candle, in part I’ll be lighting it to show myself the way the next time I walk in darkness.
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Originally posted on My Loud Bipolar Whispers: I am posting this today to give you extra time, so you can prepare and get your candles ready, tell others about it and participate in this important world-wide event of remembrance and great love and respect and honor for the many beautiful lives lost by mental illness and… […]