I’m a survivor of suicide attempts

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

We all know some one who has lost their battle.
Whoever they were to you-
they were someone special.
Someone loved.
They’re someone missed deeply.

I wanted to take a moment and share my story.

I have struggled most of my life with my mental health.
It has taken a toll on me certain times more than others.
I have attempted suicide before.
Not just once, but a few times..

My world felt too heavy.
It felt too lonely.
I felt I couldn’t move forward.
I felt that I was trapped inside myself.
I was numb.

On a cold day in November 2013, after my final suicide attempt, my Dad checked me out of a Mental Health Facility.
That day I chose to move forward.
To reinvent myself.
To reprogram my mind.

I chose to fight my battle.
To be a voice to help others.
Most importantly, to be present for my children’s lives.

That day, I felt hope, faith, love..

It has almost been seven years since my last attempt of suicide.

Since then, I have thrived.
I have grown.
I have learned to put myself first.

Not all changes have been easy and I will be honest- I still struggle with some things, but I am HERE.

I am breathing.

I am grateful to have so much love surrounding me.

My painful past existed to help me become the STRONG Woman I am today.
I would never change any of my life because my lessons were invaluable. They taught me so much.

You all are worthy. You all are important and so many people love and care about you.
Hang in there- I PROMISE it gets better.
It did for me and it will for you too!

I know how impossible it may feel, but I see you. I love you. I know you all can make it!

800,000 die by suicide every single year.
That is a person every 40 seconds.
For each death, there are 25 additional attempts.

We all need to help to change these numbers!
Spread love. Spread kindness. Be there for someone.

Check out @twloha #WorthLivingFor campaignin honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, and find out how you can join the movement. #wspd2020


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