Have You Found Secret Notes in Your Office for Suicide Prevention?
"I put them in the bathroom and on cafeteria tables. If I could maybe help just one person, my heart would be so full." - Jenni. Her story isn't much different than yours. If you're not putting out cards, are you someone who is in need of them? Being on either side is okay.
This is what the cards looked like when Jenni, Chris Cruise's girlfriend downloaded, printed, cut and folded to place all around her work. Did it make a difference? We won't know. Did it matter? Yes. Doing nothing is the worst thing you can do.
September is Suicide Prevention Month and while this could be a major trigger (it is in my life and for those I love so much), it still needs to be talked about. If we don't talk about it, we feel alone and like our thoughts are only our own. We question our self worth. What we don't realize or believe is that we are here for a reason. There is a purpose for our existence. We have a story - and a really good one. Your story needs to be told.
To Write Love On Her Arms has a mission:
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
I bought a shirt as a reminder that we are all similar in so many ways. If keeping my semicolon tattoo visible or wearing my To Write Love On Her Arms shirt starts a conversation, I've done what I set out to do.
Setting out resource cards for people to call or even text for help or a listening ear, wearing clothing that starts a conversation, tattooing symbols that inspire questions - all of it is moving us in a positive direction and one of love.