Suicide Prevention: I Am With You. We Are With You.

By Marie Allred - September 10, 2018




“Communicate. That’s the biggest and best first thing you can ever do. Whether it be with a teacher, sibling, friend, parent or even a counselor. Being able to communicate is the first step to your life getting better. It doesn’t have to be even talking; it can be a letter or email or text…let people know what’s going on in your life, your thoughts and emotions.

People can and will help you, you just need to search them out. Oh and one last thing, never EVER let someone bring you down. You’re you, and you is always good enough. Never stray from who you are because you never know who will come along and want and love “you”.”

-Marc M. (Brampton, ON, Canada)


With the snap of your fingers, a life can be snuffed out and with a simple text or smile a life can be saved.

Today, on national suicide prevention day I remember the friend that I lost when he took his own life. No one saw it coming, and it took us all completely by surprise. The grief was all-consuming for a long time after his death. However, I will not let his death be in vain. After that tragedy I because even more careful and vigilant in watching out for my peers, friends and family members for warning signs or even just a gut feeling that I might get that prompts me to check in.

Suicide is a terrible way to lose someone. It is terrible for that person who feels driven to do it and it is terrible for the people they leave behind. After all I can tell you from experience; I was left behind. We've all made a thousand mistakes in our lives, but it is so so important that we realize permanent solutions don't pair well with temporary pain and suffering. It may seem like it will never end but my love I promise you it will, you just have to reach out.

The words you are not alone have been used to many times they feel empty to me now, so instead I will say “I am with you.” We all are, as survivors of mental illness as lovers and fighters and dreamers and everything else and in between. I am with you.

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