Today, we remember those who died by suicide — and the people who were left behind.
We remember our loved ones and how they lived, the moments of joy that existed alongside the pain.
We remember their death does not define them. We remember their death does not define us.
We remember hope. Hope for healing, hope for recovery, hope for ourselves and for a better tomorrow.
We remember to support each other through unanswered questions, complicated grief and the “new normal” that at times can seem impossible to bear.
If you’re someone who has lost a loved one to suicide — you are not alone. Remember that.
However you choose to spend International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, do what’s best for you. Shut off your computer if you need to. Most importantly, take care of yourself — however that looks for you.
If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741.