**As Suicide Awareness Month draws to a close, this is a reminder to head on over to The Leaf Pile to help raise money for To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit organization that is “dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.” The owner of The Leaf Pile is doing a 30 day art challenge and will be posting artwork every 5 days in her store for purchase during this month, with every $5 going directly towards TWLOHA***
Today’s blog entry is in response to this article in The Mighty.
Dear Good Morning America:
I am tired. SO tired.
In the past two years my husband and I have lost 4 friends to suicide.
We’ve stood in line to comfort grieving widows and friends of friends who for all intents and purposes were happy-go-lucky people.
One was a pastor.
One thing suicide does not do is discriminate.
I am tired. Of having suicide on the brain. But you know what I’m more tired of? National platforms, like your show, that shut down the conversation on suicide prevention because talking about suicide is awkward. It’s messy. It’s freakin’ hard to talk about.
But we HAVE to. Talking about suicide, bringing it out in the open, SAVES LIVES. Helping those contemplating suicide to realize they are not alone in the world helps to KEEP THEM HERE.
So Good Morning America, as Suicide Awareness Month draws to a close, you still have an opportunity to make this right. To put suicide awareness on the national stage.
Because for some of us, suicide awareness lasts longer than a month.