Suicide Prevention Month: Someone wants to listen to you, believe me.

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If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) 

You can also visit the Maryland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/chapter/maryland 

If you are thinking of ending your life, please, reach out to me. I would like to talk to you.

I have been in your place and your thinking before. Hell, I may get there again one day. So, if you would like to talk about the voices and the plans and the reasons why you believe this is the best course of action for you, I’m willing to discuss it. I will not judge you, I understand.

Being able to talk about something so taboo, scary and final is difficult – I know this. It is easier to carry this burden alone. Afterall, people will take it the wrong way.

They may think you are joking or trying to seek attention. They may turn or walk away, not willing to listen to you at this moment. I remember thinking these thoughts. And I remember, as I tested te waters with comments to others, that yes some of it was true.

But it wasn’t all true…

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It wasn’t true that no one cared enough about me to listen. I found many people who were willing to listen. Not only that, they were thankful. It was the weirdest thing for me to hear, but time and time again I heard it. The following phrase:

Thank you for sharing this with me. I’m so glad you came to me to talk. I am so glad you are here. I love you.

-The Person I Finally Turned To For Help

I know you are in a difficult place. Leaving not just that place, but the entire world seems like the best answer to end it all. But that is all it is…an end.

I believe you deserve and are worthy of more than an end. I care about you. Yes, you my reader, my friend. I will not turn my back on you. And I assure you neither will those who you are closest to.

They will embrace this darkness you have lived with and carried. They will be compassionate and understanding. I know this because I am one of them, and so if you can turn to no one else, you can turn to me.

The end of September may be the end of Suicide Prevention Month, but it is not the end for you.

Not now.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) 

You can also visit the Maryland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/chapter/maryland 

The article, Suicide Prevention Month: Someone wants to listen to you, believe me was written by Elizabeth Schap and first appeared on just B more.

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