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Two suicides this week of people who seemingly “had it all”

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Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain.

Two suicides this week of people who seemingly “had it all”. Money. Fame. Success.

But something was broken. Something within. And now two are gone forever and family and friends are reeling. It’s a passing of pain from a person’s soul to a group of many left wondering what they could have done to stop it. To make that difference. To help.

I’ve had people in my life who have succumbed to their sadness and left this earth by their own hand. It has been devastating to experience their loss. To know that they had such desperation in their lives that they felt leaving this world was their only chance at peace.

Suicide is 100% preventable.

Life is hard. At times it seems unbearable. You feel alone. You feel you’re too complicated to be understood. You feel mental and physical pain. You feel like if you go, you’ll find the peace that eludes you.

All of those feelings are not forever. They are moments. And maybe they are long periods of time. And they may seem insurmountable when it’s all consuming. But those thoughts and feelings do not have to be permanent and they do not have to make you give up.

Storms don’t last forever.

You have a purpose on this earth. You may not even know the impact that you have in everyone’s lives. But you matter. To so many. This world is a better place with you in it. With all that you have to offer. You are invaluable. You touch lives. You give joy to others.

All things are difficult before they are easy.

If you hate your life, if it feels all wrong, change your way of living. You don’t have to do it alone. Reach out. To family, friends, professionals. I can guarantee that if you ask for help, you will find care and compassion. Because YOU are worthy of it all.

Suicide can be prevented.

Text 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.

Call 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide should not be your final choice, because what if…


Submitted by Lori Vaughn Bassler, Winchester

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