There have been 2 celebrity deaths in the past week due to suicide.
This in itself is tragic. These two people left family, friends and fans to question their actions and grieve their loss.
Though the death of these two people will raise awareness, for a time, the reality is there are tens of thousands (nearly 45,000 in 2016 according to the CDC) of people that die each year by their own hand.
This means there are probably hundreds of thousands of people at risk of suicide. Hundreds of thousands of people suffering…people all around us…in pain.
Are 45,000 people news worthy? Are all the families grieving the loss, questioning their own actions and seeking comfort news worthy?
Our world has become so fragmented. So much despair is broadcast across social media. So little hope is brought to the light.
I would like to say to anyone that might be reading this…there is hope, there is a light just around the next corner…don’t give up. Step around that next corner and if necessary step around another corner…keep moving forward…you will find the brightness of light…just don’t give up.
You are worth it…you are worth living…you are worth loving.
(United States) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)