"Because your life matters . . .
 and life without you won't be the same."

Sobering Statistics About Suicide:
  • According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is a trend gaining national attention as more teen suicides are reported as a result of bullying.
  • One of six high school students has seriously considered suicide; one of twelve has attempted it.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 19-24. 
  • It is the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14 and 15-19.
  • Teens struggle most during the first two years of high school.
  • An American dies by suicide every 12.95 minutes.
  • Over 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year. 

Please Remember:
  • Teenagers are easily wounded. Even those who are gifted and confident can lose their identity and feel alone.
  • Even seemingly harmless bullying can cut deeply. Kindness counts.
  • Lies have the power to destroy the person who chooses to believe them.
  • It's important to guard our thinking, hold on to truth, and share struggles with others.
  • Letting ourselves be rightly loved by others who care can counter the hurt and wounds we all incur.
  • One of the darkest lies we can believe is that life isn't worth living. As seen by the aftershocks of suicide, everyone's story matters. Our lives are far more intertwined than we often realize.
  • Hope always remains. If we allow him to, God will enter into our brokenness and bring beauty from the ashes of our pain.

If You Have Suicidal Thoughts:
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away through one or more of these resources:
  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
  • Contact a minister, a spiritual leader, or someone in your faith community.
  • Call a suicide hotline number. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor, mental health provider, or other health care professional.
Whatever you do, please don't keep the thoughts to yourself and remain silent the way Jenna did.

When To Get Emergency Help:

  • If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  • If you know someone who's in danger of committing suicide or has made a suicide attempt, make sure someone stays with that person. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Or, if you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Recommended Books and Links:

If you're struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts--or even if you're not but want to live a life that's, you guessed it, recklessly ALIVE--check out this site. I can't recommend this enough. It's challenged and encouraged me more than any other blog.

Aftershock: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide. By David Cox & Candy Arrington. 

Melissa: A Father's Lessons from a Daughter's Suicide. 
By Frank Page with Lawrence Kimbrough. 

Note: Each chapter concludes with a letter to those who are contemplating suicide. 

Zachary's Choice: Surviving My Child's Suicide. 
By Suzy LaBonte. 

The following websites provide clinical information on suicide and tips for the prevention or survival of suicide:

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