**Heads Up: This article contains discussion of suicide**
This week, our newsfeeds and television coverage has been plastered with the news of two high-profile suicides, as both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have passed away.
Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It's nearly impossible to find someone who hasn't been affected by it– we've all either lost a loved one, witnessed friends struggling with loss, or have even contemplated it ourselves.
As pervasive as it is, I don't need to regurgitate the statistics or anecdotes you've already heard. Suicide is a shadowy figure that looms in the halls of our schools, the corridors of our offices, and those quiet moments when we're alone.
I've lived with a depressive disorder for close to a decade at this point, and many of my closest friends and loved ones are in the same boat, and each time I see a story on the news about someone who has lost their lives to suicide, it makes me fear that someday I may see one of my friend's names in the headlines, or that they may see my own. I don't share this to say that I am currently feeling suicidal thoughts or that I am actively worrying about my friends safety.
I'm sharing this because my message today is this: You are not alone.
Whatever you're going through, know that you don't have to go through it alone, and even when you cannot see it, there is another side. You can make it out of this. I'm not saying this because I'm a naive optimist. I'm saying this because I'm now on the other side of places that were so dark I couldn't imagine that the sun would ever rise again. I've been so low that I didn't know if I would ever climb out. But, I did, and I was only able to do so because there were people who loved me and supported me unconditionally.
So, if you're struggling today, please know that there is a community and brotherhood here at BlakeWrites that supports you and wants to see you succeed, thrive, and come out on the other side. Feel free to reach out to me on social media (@blakewritesblog), or reach out to one of the resources below. The professionals at these resources are never going to judge you– only provide a listening ear and help.
There is no shame in seeking help. Getting help takes strength– admitting that you can't go alone takes courage.
So be strong, and reach out when you need a life line. Be courageous, and know that you don't have to handle this alone.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- You can call 1-800-273-8255 any day, any time to talk to a suicide prevention specialist
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- You can reach the Crisis Text Line 24/7 by texting “START” to 741-741.
- You can call The Trevor Project, an LGBT crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
If you are hard of hearing, you can chat with a Lifeline counselor 24/7 by clicking the Chat button on this page, or you can contact the Lifeline via TTY by dialing 800-799-4889.
To speak to a crisis counselor in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.
If you are a veteran (or your loved one is a veteran), you can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and Pressing 1. You can also send a text to 838255.