There's a black hole at the center of my universe, caused by suicide. Most days, I may look like I'm managing, but it's always, always, always there. Something so preventable—my son taking his life in a moment overcome by hopelessness—has blown me into this inescapable gravitational force. That it didn't have to happen pushes me to do whatever I can to save others from the same fate.
But I'm not out to reinvent the wheel, to duplicate what those on the path ahead of me are already doing. There are so many nonprofits out there doing incredible work in the suicide prevention and mental health community. I just want to find them for you and shine a light on them.
I don't know how to sum up To Write Love On Her Arms. I'll let them say it:
"To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.
You were created to love and be loved.
People need other people.
Your story is important.
Better days are ahead.
Hope and help are real.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE,
AND THIS IS NOT THE END OF YOUR STORY."