For those interested in reading my reflections, please find them here.
For many around the world, battling suicidal thoughts is a day in, day out struggle. The stigma surrounding suicide doesn’t do anything to help their cause — if you bring up suicide in the course of conversation, you are more likely to be silenced than supported. The people we want to hear from the most are the ones that prematurely leave our world, leaving us ignorant of their fears, insecurities, and intentions. When a deeply personal matter must compete with a culture of silence & shame, constructive dialogue is abandoned, and the people on the brink must fight their demons alone.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention bravely advances the discussion on suicide in this country. I am excited to be raising money for a cause that has impacted me and my extended circles. There’s no question that people who take their lives leave gaping voids in the lives of many, but I hope to reach the millions more that struggle with these thoughts but feel powerless to better their condition. I will be publishing a collection of reflections & essays on the topic of suicide from today to the day of the marathon in the hopes that our shared struggles will turn into shared strength. Suicide might never be completely eradicated, but a culture of vigilance and prevention will prevent many unnecessary tragedies from happening. I hope that you join me as I embark on this journey.
About the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement.