Mental Health & Wellbeing

World Suicide Prevention Day 2017: A Letter

Dear You,

I know that you feel alone.
I know that you’ve perfected drying your eyes and putting on a smile like it’s an art.
I know that you feel a deep tiredness in you from nights without sleep and days without peace.
I know that you see a dark and heavy cloud over you and it won’t move along.
I know that you feel weak and worn down by the struggles each day brings.
I know that your muscles ache with anxiety.
I know that you can’t see what’s beyond this moment and what you’re feeling right now.
I know that you’re hurting, that your heart is breaking.
I know that your pain makes you feel hopeless.
I know that you’ve tried so hard to make yourself better.

But I also know that you can get through this.
You are not alone.
Let others support you.
Let them be there for you while you cry; let them hear you as you share with them.
Let them wrap their arms around you, pick you up and carry you.
Let them be a light in the dark to guide you through the fog.
People need people.
You aren’t a failure or weak when you ask for help.
People need people.
You are strong.
I know you have the strength to get through this.
Let your strength come from others.
One day you’ll be their strength too.
We’ll walk through this together.
You and I.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. In the UK, more than 6,000 people lose their lives to suicide each year and it is the leading cause of death for people aged 20-34, and for men under the age of 50.

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 is “Take a minute, change a life.” Taking just a minute of your day to reach out to someone, to notice that they’re struggling and offer support, can make an unbelievable difference. No one expects you to have all the answers, but you can be there to care and to listen without judgement. 

Some useful links:

Samaritans | Contact
Call 116 123

CALM | Campaign Against Living Miserably | Preventing male suicide

Mind | Information & Support | Helplines

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