Three years ago, one of my colleagues, a warm generous man, a man of substance and goodness, went home one afternoon and found his 17-year-old daughter lying on the floor, after a attempting to take her life, and as he cradled her in his arm, she passed from this world. My friend was broken into a thousand pieces.
He thinks she didn’t really mean to kill herself that day – an impulse came into her mind and she acted on it – and the result was utter tragedy for all those who loved her and for herself.
My friend’s world ended that day.
And I said:
Enough is Enough!
I resolved that there had to be something I could do – something that might just stop one person or ten, to find within themselves, the courage and the pause to stop and to pull back from that permanent act of self-obliteration.
The result is this website – which is a blog and resource site to prevent, understand and be aware of the issues surrounding suicide for vulnerable individuals.
I have also written “The Despair Manifesto” which is a guide for Suicide Prevention, Awareness and Recovery – and it is available through this site for download, and of course, it is free of charge and access to everything here is free-of-charge.
“The Despair Manifesto” was a difficult document to write because it mean delving into thoughts that were pulled from my soul, as someone who knows the darkness of the effect of suicide but who enjoys the sunshine of life. I have been someone who can look into the heart of darkness and see the glimmer of light that leads away from that abyss.
My fervent wish is that somewhere, sometime, someone will read something here and pause and find that nugget of strength in their heart to keep going for one more minute, one more hour, one more day, until the pain recedes and the light streams in.
Because the sun WILL always shine again, and life will ALWAYS get better.