Today is the beginning of National Suicide Prevention week, to take part in this reach out to someone who is struggling, know the signs of someone who is suicidal or If you haven’t talked to a family member lately, if you’re thinking of them, or even if you saw them yesterday call them today just to let them know you love them. If it seems like they’re struggling offer them support, or take them to get help. They’ll thank you later. If you’re struggling my phone is on and my inbox is open: message me, call me, or if you need to be anonymous call a hotline.
This is my uncle. He committed suicide on June 28, 2012.
One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was going to my mom the day after her birthday and telling her that her older brother was gone. Then the next day, driving to my grandma’s house in Orange County and waiting for her to get home from vacation to tell her that her only son, her first born child was dead by his own hand. He left behind both his parents 7 children, 3 nieces, 1 nephew, and 2 sisters.
The two day drive from California to Idaho was the longest I’ve ever taken, my gram and mom wouldn’t stop crying. They felt guilt over not having seen him in over 10 years. My mom and he had fallen out over his second ex-wife. And he and my gram had just started talking again after many years of not speaking. There were so many things that were left unsaid between them.
If you’re feeling down, like you’re at the end of your rope: I just want to let you know that there are people, even people that you haven’t spoken to in a long while who love you, and think about you often, and who would be devastated— absolutely crushed by your permanent absence from their life.
So, like I said earlier; call your family, call your friends. Let them know that you miss them or if you’re the one feeling lost, that you need them.