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This is National Suicide Prevention Week.
More than 5 million people in the U.S. have been directly affected by suicide.
I am one of those people.

_____ jumped out of a building window to the busy street below.
_____, _____ and _____ stabbed and cut themselves to death.
_____ hung h--self in h-- apartment.
_____ shot h--self while - was driving h-- car.
_____ got very drunk and ran h-- car into a tree and died on impact.
_____ overdosed.

I have thought of it many times throughout my life myself, but I was lucky.
I had family that loved and supported me.
Friends that cared.
People who would talk to me, helped me, tried to understand me.
People who made me get medical help when they saw I was going too far.

A lot of people don't have that.

Sometimes the smallest things can stop people from dying at their own hands.
Sometimes all it takes is for a person to feel noticed.
For one smile. One hug. One small moment of eye contact. Of kindness. Of genuine and honest caring.

Sometimes all it takes is a text that says "I hope you're okay."
Or a phone call that says "I love you and I'm thinking about you."

Sometimes the simple little things YOU do, even for people you don't know, can start that person on a path in the right direction. A healthy direction. A direction of light, of life, and of hope. Step by tiny step they make it, and you could be the catalyst for their precious life to be saved.

Whatever struggles you have today, take the time to remember that behind the happiness projected all over the world, many of those so-called "happy" people are dying inside for something real to happen to them. For someone to really look at them and see what's really going on.

If YOU need help, if you're struggling with these feelings right now -- please call HopeLine at 1-900-784-2433.

They offer confidential, non-judgmental help for those in emotional crisis or who may be thinking about suicide, or those who fear for someone they love. Their trained volunteers can be a listening ear and a guiding hand for those who need help 24 hours a day, 7 dayd a week.

You are all in my thoughts. Please stay alive.
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