There are a lot of things one could talk about on a “Suicide Prevention Day.” Depression and suicide are complex matters. I’ve written about my own journeys through darkness, but I don’t claim to be an expert or have some magic formula that will work for everyone. But I do know this. For a lot of people considering making that awful choice, when they get close, what they need is just one thing to keep them from making that choice right at THAT moment. And for some people, that one thing can be just a quick reminder that their existence matters. That they are loved. That someone would miss them.
There’s no way to know for sure who in your life may be in one of those dark places. A lot of us learn to hide it from those closest to us. So on this day of awareness I ask you to just consider taking a moment to tell someone you love that they are important to you. Maybe someone you know you haven’t told that in awhile.
At worst, you will make someone’s day by being unexpectedly nice. But at best, you might be the person who convinces someone teetering on the edge that they would be missed. And that may be enough to convince them that going to bed is a better choice than what they were considering.
It really can make all the difference in the world.
Much love to everyone fighting the darkness.