Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
I know I usually keep things relatively upbeat around here, but I wanted to take a moment and talk seriously about this very serious topic.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), an average of 117 suicides occur every day in the United States.
Just writing that sentence brought tears to my eyes.
I don’t like to simplify things into statistics. They’re misleading and don’t always tell the whole story. But an average of 117 people. Real people, real lives. Just think about that for a second.
Suicide prevention is of course always important to talk about, but it’s an issue that’s become especially important to me in recent years. So today, I wanted to take some time to be serious and say a few things about this topic.
There are a lot of things I want to express, but even as a writer, I struggle with words sometimes. I hope that, in spite of my inadequacies, these words bring encouragement and hope to your day.
If you are currently struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help you, even if you’ve never met them before. Please keep living. Your life matters.
If you know someone who struggles with these things, please be with them. Talk to them and support them. Let them know they are not alone, and they don’t have to go through this trial alone.
If you have attempted suicide in the past, I thank God that you are still alive. You have been brought to today for a reason – please don’t give up.
If you have lost a friend, family member, loved one, or anyone else to suicide, I can’t imagine the grief you are going through. Please remember to take care of yourself today and know that you don’t have to go through this alone – there are people who love you and are there to support you.
If today is difficult for you for any reason, I’m praying for you. Whether you’re a longtime blog reader or just stumbled across it today, I care about you. And even if we’ve never talked before, you’re in my prayers today.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
(If you live outside of the U.S., visit this list for more information about suicide crisis lines in your country – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines)
For more information about suicide prevention, including support for loss survivors, visit https://afsp.org/
Thank you for reading this post. No matter who you are or how you got here, I’m praying for you today.