To teens and young adults who are thinking about suicide

I know you have had thoughts of killing yourself and you are not sure why. You feel invisible, worthless and you want to end it. The pain just won’t stop.

So I am asking you to ask for help to save yourself.

Telling someone can help relieve some of the pain

I know you want to tell someone but you are afraid to. It’s hard to know what to say or to whom. If you do tell someone, you worry people will think you are joking. And they may which is why I have an example of what to say … Read more...

We need to make suicide a household word

You’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to make a dour, gloomy, depressing subject like suicide a household word?”

Talking about suicide does not give someone the idea.conversation-about-suicide

The idea is already in their heads.

By repeating it, taking it out of the dark and putting it in the spotlight, we give people permission to reach out, we remove the secrecy and stigma and make the idea look like a less logical solution.

Just as important as talking about it, is the listening part

Listening is a skill we don’t do enough of. We tend to lecture our teens for … Read more...