I stood in front of a mirror and stared at a reflection that should have been me. Yet, as I stared in the mirror, I didn’t recognize me? I could no longer see the jovial person in the mirror that should have been a reflection of me. However, the longer I stared I could see my life crumbling all around me. While constantly being attacked by an unseen enemy. I could see myself in the reflection screaming for help, but the scream was being neglected by the very people that claim they loved me. I watched as my reflection fell to her knees as she mouthed the words God, please help me as she screamed into the darkness at the unseen enemies hidden in the dark growling. When suddenly unseen hands grab her around her arms with fingers nails that were frightening. As I strained my eyes to see an unseen enemy as it attacked the reflection that no longer looked like me. When my reflection yelled again please someone help me, that’s when I realized the scream was coming from within me. As I watched an unseen enemy carrying me into the darkness that had overtaken me.
“Don’t overlook a cry for help”
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for more than 47,500 deaths in 2019, which is about one death every 11 minutes. In 2019, 12 million American adults thought about suicide, 3.5 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.4 million attempted suicides. Suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play to save lives and create healthy and strong individuals, families, and communities.
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