Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Emerson College Campus Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Last semester was the hardest four months of my life. I have never wanted to live less. And while I truly would never act on my suicidal thoughts, the fact is that they were there. I spent days on end unable to get up, and then days on end unable to sleep. I did things I’m not proud of because my mental illness was driving my every decision. Self-harm landed me in the hospital where I was forced to get help. And I’m so glad I was.
I am lucky. I am lucky to have support from my friends and family, to have people to talk to and keep me safe. I am lucky to have had access to medication that has helped me beyond belief and great doctors in great hospitals.
Not everyone is this lucky. Resources for and education about mental illness and suicide is sorely lacking because people don’t want to talk about it.
It’s uncomfortable and it’s scary. What’s scarier is feeling like you don’t belong on this earth. What’s scarier is losing people you love left and right to a battle with themselves.
We as a culture need to talk about it, and we need to give support to those who are doing everything they can to help us cope and thrive.
Our lives should not be about our mental illnesses. We are so many other, more spectacular things! I was lucky enough to have access to the education and resources that are teaching me how to embrace my mental illness without letting it control me. Please donate to AFSP so that everyone can have these same resources.
Please help me reach my goal by clicking the "Donate" button on this page. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.