If you are feeling suicidal, please, please tell someone — a friend or family member, a teacher, a doctor or therapist or call 911. You can also call a suicide prevention hotline—these are available in the U.S. and in many other countries.
Early this morning, a friend and I participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Oakland. My friend was one of many hundreds of walk participants who have lost a loved one to suicide and who are determined to make a difference and raise funds for research and outreach programs to help prevent suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) holds these community walks throughout the U.S. to raise funds in order to understand and prevent suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reach out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
It was both heartwarming and sad for me to accompany my friend on this walk. There were so many people there who had lost a loved one to suicide. Every life matters.