The Dear Hope Index

Below is a compiled list of every publication on Dear Hope, broken down into categories. 

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Creative Writing Pieces:

A poetry selection – Mashiro

A poetry selection – Mouse

A selection of poetry – Aisha Arif

An Aspiring Nihilist – Hannah Buckley

Arachnophilic – Danny Kochanowski

Binary – Paul Falcone

Dear Hope, Never Let us Part – Paul Falcone

Don’t – Caroline Koty

Don’t Give Up: A Day in The Life of Raili – Raili Tanska

Doubt: Sarah’s Poem – Kate Chandler

Dream/Nightmare – Zachary Johnson

Elevator – Paul Falcone

Escaping an Incoming Wave – Kate Chandler

Familiarity – R.E

Fin. – Thomas Finne

Floating/Drowning – Paul Falcone

Giving My Illness a Name – R.E

Graduation – Danny Kochanowski

Her – Alessandra Ortiz

How? – Angela McCrimmon

How I Feel – Paul Falcone

I Am – Paul Falcone

I Didn’t Want You to Know Because… – Morgan Stabile

I grew in the most unexpected of places – Skye (TPT)

Identity – Christian Dimare

In Defense of Poetry: A Coping Mechanism – Woody Woodger

Inner Demons – Jamie Haines

Keep Walking, Don’t Worry – Cal

Making it Real – Nicholas Woods

Medicine – Paul Falcone

Mental Suicide – Paul Falcone

Monday – Danny Kochanowski

Morning Routine: A Short Story – Alessandra Ortiz

Moving On: diary entries through the years – Stacy Wacks

Nervosa – Evan Crimmins

Nightingale – RJ Bingham

No Last Time – Hanna Lange

Outlooks – Paul Falcone

Painful Feelings – Elie Zimring

Part 1 – Ali Zagame

Part 2 – Ali Zagame

Pull the Trigger – Christian DiMare

quiescent ontogeny (shedding September skin) – Danny Kochanowski

Silence – Matthew Malin

Sleepless Nights – Paul Falcone

The Alpha and Omega of The Out of Body Girl – Joyce Hayden

The Lie that Ableism Feeds Us – Selissa Leonard

The Deadly Promise – Kelsey-Brooke Scheumann

The Fine Print – Kelsey-Brooke Scheumann

The Phone Rings – Paul Falcone

To My Ninth Grade Self – Becca W.

Unraveling The Stigma – Tiffany

“Unused Suicide Note” – A Look Back on The Night I Almost Took My Life – Morgan Stible

Watching Her Go – Kelsey

Windshield – Paul Falcone

you are loved – R.E


Photography/Art Showcases:

1 in 4: a selection from “Behind The Mask” – Rivka Korf

A Selection of Poems and Art After Losing My Daughter – Peter Bruun

“Almost” & “What Gets Me Through the Day – Ethar

An Unbreakable Cycle – Amelia A. J. Foy

“Confession Through Photograph” A Powerful Series on Depression, Death & Spirituality – Matthew Malin

Consumed: The Original Shot – Paul Falcone/Zach Johnson/Alyssa Rogalski

Dark Night of The Soul – Dave Carlin

Dysphoria and Self-Image: an artist’s depiction of struggle and recovery – Claire Frederick

Free Your Mind – Leandra Luizinho

Hazel Bloom: “Was It All Worth It” – Dave Carlin

Internalization – Gillian Maurer

It’s Not All In Your Head. Consumed: Mental Illness Through Photography – Paul Falcone/Zach Johnson/Alyssa Rogalski

Letting Go –  Greg Best

Life Pain – Donna Shell

Liminal creatures: Lorca the Papergheist and Artistry Through Agoraphobia – Lorca Jolene

Of Two Minds – Chris Eaton

Sabrina Kennedy’s “If Only” Music Video premier – Sabrina Kennedy

Still Fighting – Alessandra Ortiz

“Tension” – A Beautiful Discomfort – Corey Marsh

The Happiness Project – Zach Cooper

The Insecurity Project – Giana Murphy

The Next Step – Beth Gilbert

We Are All Continuous and Beautiful Works In Progress – Rebecca Divico


Coping: This is Who We Are Series:

Entry 1: Depression – Paul Falcone

Entry 1.5 : How My Depression Made Me Who I Am – Paul Falcone

Entry 2 – Depression and Faith, Finding Yourself Through Struggle – Haley Batchelder

Entry 3: From My Suicide Note to Now, A Heart Moving Outwards – Danny Kochanowski

Entry 4: Sleep On It – Cassandra Reitano

Entry 5: “We Are All Continuous and Beautiful Works In Progress” – Rebecca Divico

Entry 6: 1 in 4: How I Learned To Be A Survivor (And Learned To Live Again) – Alaina Leary

Entry 7: Surviving The Specter – Chris (Surviving The Specter)

Entry 8: Speak Up, Speak Loud: You Are Not Alone In Your Abuse – Jen Goehring

Entry 9: Depression & Belonging – Anonymous

Entry 10: “Guilt, Shame, and Hope” – Operahell

Entry 11: Navigating The Fog, My Journey To Accepting My Depression – Matt

Entry 12: A Story of Losing Something I Never Lost – Taylor Graff

Entry 13: Recovered and Still Struggling: Living Life Post ED – Kelly Griffin

Entry 14: Being a Twin With Anxiety: My Challenge With Isolation and Inadequacy – Pat Jost

Entry 15: When Good Grades Aren’t Enough: Mental Illness, Stress, and My Sexual Identity – Jacquelyn Pack

Entry 16: A Day Without Love: How My Depression Made Me Who I Am – Brian Walker

Entry 17: An Empty Home & An Empty Stomach: My Lifelong Struggle With Eating Disorders – Celeste Blodgett

Entry 18: A Journal On The Imperfections of Perfection – Kelly Sorge

Entry 19: Defining Normal: Finding Myself Through Depression and Hospitalizations Sandra Mercer

Entry 20: Depression, Faith & Isolation – Matthew Malin

Entry 21: Finding Home & Finding Myself: The Climb Back Up From Suicidal Thoughts – Stacy Wacks

Entry 22: The Violent Ward – Leif Gregersen

Entry 23: My Electro-Convulsive Treatment Experience – Fishspit

Entry 24: Confession of a Surviving Liar – Icess Fernandez Rojas

Entry 25: Highs and Lows: My journey with self-doubt, anxiety, and assault – Deanna Nesti


A Message to Myself: It’s Not Your Fault Samantha B

A Phone Call To Connecticut, A Phone Call From Idaho – Paul Falcone

“Active Minds”: What Conversation Are We Changing? – Danny Kochanowski

An Emotional Letter From A Bipolar Mother To Her Children – Tessa Smeigh

Clean House – Anonymous

Dreamless/Sleepless: Does Dreaming Encourage Sleeping? – Paul Falcone

Dungeons and Dragons Gave Me My Life Back from Anxiety – Shane Pellitier

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: An Introduction – Danny Kochanowski

Extinguishing the Invisible Fire: Changing the Conversation on College Suicide – Danny Kochanowski

Forgotten Soldiers: Memorial Day, Veterans, & Mental Health – Amanda Canale

Friendship, Storytelling, and Mental Health – What I Learned After My Friends Recent Passing – Stacey Lehrer

Having Depression When Your Busy Life Slows Down – Paul Falcone

How I Learned Not to Romanticize Mental Illness – Alaina Leary

Hiding Visible Scars: Why I’m Glad Someone Asked Me The Difficult Questions Beth Teaque

I Wear a Mask Rebecca Divico

I’m Depressed: We Speak Our Own Language Paul Falcone

Insomnia: I Had A Dream I Fell Asleep Paul Falcone

Interview with the Artist: A Day Without Love’s “Solace” – Danny Kochanowski

Just Sit Back And Relapse Again – KaLeena Genette

Let’s Talk About Death: An Alternative Approach to Mental Health – Danny Kochanowski

Losing Your Mother to Mental Illness – Ariana Hegarty

Mental Health & Social Media: Home Alone Downloading While Everyone Else is Uploading – Paul Falcone

On the Outside Looking In – Paul Falcone

Overbooked: Help Put On Hold – Paul Falcone

He Called Me The “T” Word. – Morgan Alyse

International Suicide Survivor Day – Amanda Canale

Mental Health, Music, and Community: An Interview With Sounds and Tones Records Paul Falcone

Mental Illness is Real: An Anti-April Fools Day Post Paul Falcone

Mental Illness: The Numbers Paul Falcone

My Journey Accepting Bipolar Disorder: I Don’t Need to Be Medicated – Anonymous

My Mental Illness Is Part of Me, But Not Who I Am Paul Falcone

My Reflection: Days and Nights With My Eating Disorder – Morgan Alyse

Questions as Daggers, Questions as Saviors Sandra Mercer

Rid The Stigma: Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives Paul Falcone

Smoke Detectors: An Evolutionary Silver Lining Behind Anxiety – Danny Kochanowski

Societal Stigmas, Gender Norms, and their Effect on Mental Health – Amanda Canale

The Bell Jar Paul Falcone

The First (Last) Step: Asking For Help Paul Falcone

The Many Forms of Self Harm – Paul Falcone

The Unpredictability of Anxiety Ian Fullbrook

Treasure Map to Confidence – Sydney

We Are The Same –  Paul Falcone

What Are Eating Disorders? Danny Kochanowski

Why is Happiness so Hard? Rebecca Divico

World Suicide Prevention Day: a conversation – Sandra Mercer


Thanks to every single person around the world who was a part of this community. 

Always remember you are not alone. You are loved. 




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Each letter on the keyboard is a new hook in the sand.
An anchor to tether this vessel to something
Resembling a foundation that isn’t cracked
And leaking.

Why can’t you write something without water imagery?
Because my melatonin dosage has changed
From powdered pills to bleeding ink
And I don’t think I’ve yet found a better way
To articulate,
I’m drowning.

I’m still drowning.

And I will float endlessly until acted upon
Saving whatever kinetic energy
I can muster, to start moving
And keep moving


Please don’t let me stop.
Momentum is birthed by variables
And stars far outside my reach right now

So push me,
I won’t push back
In fact my arms will be open,
Grasping the waves to try and grab hold
Of something that can hold the weight.

But each day it grows.
And each day it spreads.
More than I would care to admit.

These waters are so cold,
But they’ve stitched me a blanket
That everyday seems more familiar
And as I lay afloat in the dead of night
I can hear waves
Quietly whispering “home”.



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The Happiness Project – Dear Hope Premiere

Dear Hope is proud to premier “The Happiness Project” by Zach Cooper. Find the video and a little passage from Zach himself below.

“My inspiration behind this video was to give people a break from all the negativity they constantly see on all social media platforms on a daily basis. It also serves as a friendly reminder that you don’t need to travel the world or spend a ton of money to find happiness in your life. You can find happiness in your daily routine, or with someone you love, or just being in a space you love to be in and I tried to capture that with everyone that was in front of my camera. I also wanted this video to be something you can watch if you’re down and out about life to hopefully bring a smile to your face.

I won’t lie this video came with a lot of different challenges, like finding people to actually film. Countless amounts of people showed interest but we either couldn’t meet up because of scheduling conflicts or for some other reason. Not to mention I ended up moving out of my hometown and had to make new connections and friends to film while this project was already moving along.


I can’t thank the people that were willing to be a part of this enough. I especially thank the people of New York City that would meet me in random spots throughout the city to film for an hour that had no idea who I was at first but we ended up forming friendships out of this and I love that. Life is moving at an incredibly fast pace and I hope this video slows you down and you take a moment to enjoy it, enjoy where you are and the people who are there with you.

Lastly, I thank Dear Hope and my good friend Paul for listening to this idea in it’s very early stages and having enough patience to let it fully bloom into what it’s become.”


Leave some comments below for Zach and check out his other work!

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You are loved.


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Poetry: “Don’t” by Caroline Koty

The shiny metal that kisses your skin
So sweetly
So precisely
The crimson that trickles like a flowing river
The moisture that lets me know I’m still breathing
The cold soft touch of the blade
The pressure that sends relief
The pain escaping from within and moving to out
Your soul is unleashing the chains
Your arm is releasing the pain
The soul was so hurt it couldn’t manage
It could not use the positive self talk
The meditation
The therapy
The soul was consumed
Consumed by the “me toos”
The what ifs
The you’re weak
Something you put everything into and received nothing from
The body was calm
Floating in an abyss of carefree concerns
But the the body awoke
Gushing excretion from its veins
Screaming to be wanted
To be caressed to be appreciated
The body wanted everything the soul never knew existed


Thanks to Caroline for sending in this poem. Leave a comment below about what you think!

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Debut Music Video From Hazel Bloom: “Was It All Worth It” – Dear Hope Premiere

Before we premiere the video, Dave Carlin, the singer and songwriter of Hazel Bloom, wanted to open up about his past struggles and the inspirations for the song and debut album, Temporary.


 I first started writing songs for this album about a year and a half ago during one of the most emotionally draining periods of my life. I was dealing with depression, anxiety, and derealization, which felt like they were deteriorating my body. I was undergoing these symptoms for about 6 months before I even knew what was happening to my health. I had just ended a seven year long relationship and lost a good friend in a car accident. I spent a third of my life with this person, so it was a huge impact on my mental health to lose them. I always imagined that losing a friend would be difficult, but you never really feel the full emotion of it until it happens.


I’ve always had trouble with these kinds of difficult situations. It was hard for me to express how I was feeling, and I bottled up a lot of emotion, which lead to a lot of unhealthy choices. I was drinking almost every night, sleeping most of the day and was late to work consistently. I was completely focusing all my efforts into forgetting and keeping my mind off of the past. I rarely expressed my thoughts and because of this, I caused a lot of problems in past relationships and friendships.


I spent seven years with a person I considered my best friend. From the ages of 14 to 21, I was growing into myself and finding what it was I was passionate about. From a teenager to an adult, I spent almost all of this time with one person, and it was extremely hard to cope with removing them from my life. It took a huge toll on my health, and my mental stability. Some of the best times of my life were with this person and I became so comfortable that I thought it was impossible to live without them.


So, I decided that writing this album would be a good way to express my feelings about situations I’ve been holding on to for so long and finally start to let go. I could place my feelings and thoughts over the past years into this album as part of a healing process that I would be able to look back on. I’d be able to look at how much I’ve grown over time and be able to remember the good times – not just the bad ones. It’s been almost 3 years, and some of the feelings still eat me alive from time to time, but I’m making progress.


My friend, Mike Hazel, who passed away in January of 2016 had a huge influence on this album and band. He was always into the music scene and I knew he wanted to be in a band which is something I could really relate with. He’s also the reason why I named the project ‘Hazel Bloom’. I wanted to create a type of art that resonates not only his presence but for anyone that has ever lost somebody or something. Even though they are not in this life anymore, I wanted to make something that still projects their presence; something to show that they still are making an impact on people in a positive way and to show that their presence. They are still in ‘Bloom’.


‘Temporary’ is what I decided to call this album/ art project I’ve been working on. As I mentioned before, when I started writing this, I was going through some very mentally strenuous times. But as time progressed I discovered a platform I could use to help me express myself, and things seem to be getting a lot better. My depression and anxiety seemed to be subsiding and I began feeling happy in my skin again. I’ve been working on talking about stressful and uncomfortable situations and I think it’s made me a healthier person. This made me think that even though things were dark for a while, those feelings are all temporary.

The other half of why I named this album Temporary is because I’ve had a lot of relationships, partnerships, and friendships fall apart. Countless people have come in and out of my life, some good and some not so great. But I’ve learned to cherish all those people as I’ll never know when they could disappear from my life. Although I don’t talk or see most of those people anymore, I like to remember all the great times I had with them. I wouldn’t change any of them for anything,. Those people and experiences help make me who I am today and I am very grateful for those experiences and those people.

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Album art for the upcoming album, “Temporary”.

Most of all, I want anyone who encounters my art to be able to feel something. Whether this art brings back good experiences and memories or makes you cherish the people and experiences you have now, I hope you can feel it.

Because I know sometimes when you feel lost and it’s hard to feel any emotion at all.

View the brand new debut video from Hazel Bloom: “Was It All Worth It” below. And be sure to check out the full album Temporary when it releases later this year on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

The photos in this article were taken by the wonderful Giana Murphy. Check out her own post, The Insecurity Project, for Dear Hope here.

Video shot and edited by Zach Cooper. Find him on Instagram here.

Follow Hazel Bloom on Twitter and Facebook.

Always remember that you are not alone.

You are loved.


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The Many Forms of Self Harm

**Trigger warning: self harm

It’s been over a year since I last wrote something down for this site. I’ve been thinking and reflecting a lot lately, however, and feel I’ve come to a new understanding about myself personally that I just needed to write down somewhere.

I’m incredibly self-destructive in ways that I never really realized.

It’s a weird thing to say out loud. I never really considered myself to be someone who was that self-destructive, but there are certain patterns and habits I’ve developed over the years, including how I run this site, that make me realize that I’m self-sabotaging in ways a few years ago I would’ve never even acknowledged.

It’s seeing an email come in about someone submitting to the site, and deciding to wait to answer it.

It’s getting this website to a point where it could really grow into something even bigger, and then stepping back and not following through.

It’s having years of experience writing music, but feeling anxious and afraid every time I try to write something new.

It’s becoming less personal with friends after they’ve seen certain parts of you, parts that you tell others it’s okay to show.

It’s having a skill set and numerous talents that you stop pursuing because you’re bored.

It’s limiting the jobs you apply to because your head constantly tells you that you’re not good enough to do the jobs you know you’re qualified for.

It’s self-harm without the actual physical pain. 

It’s all of these small actions and thoughts amplified over time, building and building until you’re left with a scar when you weren’t even aware there was a wound to begin with. I’ve been self-harming for years and wasn’t even aware of it.

And I feel so incredibly empty right now from it.

We have a tendency to think of self-harm in a very specific blade-on-skin kind of way. But the truth of the matter is that self-harm can encompass all different kinds of self-destructive behavior. The depression and anxiety in my life that I identify with definitely aid in these recurring behaviors. It’s a reminder that I’m still struggling every day, and I’m trying to find new ways to push forward. It’s all I can do with this new information I know about myself.

Because honestly I’m not too sure what else to do.

But there’s always the comfort in knowing that I’m not alone.

And you’re not alone.

You are loved.

Paul Falcone

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Of Two Minds


I don’t normally over explain my work as I’m happy for people to find their own meaning. This is a pretty personal piece as it’s a self-portrait.

I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since ’09. Before that, they thought it was depression, and before that, schizophrenia. Since I was correctly diagnosed and got onto the right medication, things have been more manageable. I still have highs and lows, but I’m a bit more balanced.

My psychiatrist has been very supportive of my artwork as it has become a form of therapy for me. Combined with some lifestyle changes (no alcohol, no meat, no excuses), art has made a big difference in my day-to-day life.

“Of Two Minds” is the name of a really good documentary on BPD, and my piece is a nod to that as it helped me in my recovery, too. The piece itself is really a bipolar Venn diagram with the purple face representing mania, the blue face representing depression, and the space where they interlink is where that ever-elusive balance is hiding!




The artist, Chris, with his piece

A huge shoutout to Chris Eaton, otherwise known as Stanley Sprays, for sharing his story and this phenomenal piece of art with us. For many, creativity and art can be essential in our recovery. We are so grateful to Chris for sharing that message and showing how art has helped him manage his own struggles.

If you want to see more art from Chris, you can find him on Instagram and his personal website. Chris also has a really fantastic clothing line; you can find that on both Instagram and their website.  Be sure to give lots of love to Chris in the comments!

Always remember you are not alone.

You are loved.


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1 in 4: a selection from “Behind The Mask” by Rivka Korf

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Hands of Dread


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Relief at Last


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Screaming Hydra


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Mask of Hands


A big thank you to Rivka for sharing her beautiful artwork with us. These four pieces were part of a larger exhibition called Behind The Mask, a solo exhibition highlighting the inner struggle of 1 in 4 Americans. You can find the full collection on her website, and more of her artwork on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to give Rivka lots of love in the comments!

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You are loved.


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you are loved

stay with me.

right here,

right now.


it’s so much easier to love you

when you aren’t so far away.

it’s so much easier to hug you

when you aren’t so far away.


i love you over here

i love you over there

but most importantly

i love you everywhere.


i love you to the moon and back.

back to the moon again

and then far beyond that.


you may be asking

who is this for?

i’m not even sure.


my love is for everyone

and everything

and everywhere

because nothing

and nobody

deserves to feel unloved.

and i love everyone with passion




Thanks to Rachel for sharing another of her beautiful poems. You can read her previous submission here. Be sure to give her some love in the comments!

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You are loved.


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World Suicide Prevention Day: a conversation

What’s most agonizing about suicidal thoughts are not the thoughts themselves, but the confusion behind them.

For what it’s worth, I want to live. There are hundreds of things I haven’t done, places I haven’t gone to, people I haven’t met, feelings I haven’t felt. Sometimes just the vastness of my “haven’t done yet”s make me so anxious, it cripples me into doing nothing at all. Motivation: lost.

I want to live, I do. I haven’t finished my first book (ETA, December 2017). I haven’t road-tripped across the country, purchased a piece of furniture, or learned how to rollerblade. I still haven’t broken my nail-biting habit (it’s gross, I know, okay?), and I still haven’t mastered ASL (working on it, though). There are things I want–maybe even need–to do before my time on earth is up, things that keep me up at night (maybe not the rollerblading thing, but definitely that impending CC-road trip). There is so much left to say, to do, to feel. I want to say it all, do it all, feel it all.

I want to live.

But sometimes? I just don’t.

Sometimes I convince myself that I am not worthy of love, of friendship, of the opportunities I’ve been given, of the oxygen flowing into my lungs. Sometimes I convince myself that those around me see me as nothing more than a burden, a nuisance, a blemish they cannot get rid of. Sometimes I convince myself that they will be better off without me. Sometimes I convince myself that my bedroom contains all I’ll ever need, and that leaving the comfort of it will bring me only anxiety, only sadness, only more feelings of inadequacy. Sometimes I convince myself that it would be easier to disappear than it would be to continue trying to find comfort in visibility, that it would be easier to end the cycle of misery at my own hands than to continue living a life I will never truly love.

On today, World Suicide Prevention Day, I want to open up a dialogue about suicidal thoughts and ideation. An uncomfortable conversation that many people are afraid to have, myself included. But not having the conversation at all has proven to be less-than-ideal. That almost innate refusal to speak on the things that are difficult hasn’t helped anyone suffering from mental illness.

It took a long time to feel comfortable enough to even say I dealt with suicidal thoughts and ideation. I was ashamed, embarrassed, and scared. I didn’t know what I was feeling, I didn’t know how to express what I was feeling, and I didn’t think anyone should have to listen to me attempt to explain what was going on inside my head. Living alone with my self-deprecation felt easier than burdening anyone else with those morbid thoughts I couldn’t even explain to myself.

So, openly offering my support to those who may need is is the step I’m taking today. I don’t want anyone to feel as if they are alone in their more difficult emotions, alone in dealing with the urges they bring up, or alone in their confusion behind the things they are feeling. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger, a sounding board for the suicidal ideation thrust upon me that I didn’t quite know how to navigate despite feeling everything so harshly and so deeply.

Open up a productive dialogue with your loved ones today. I know I’ll be doing the same for mine.

“Suicide prevention is important to me because I am alive because of people who cared enough to make sure I was okay” –

Always remember you are not alone.

You are loved.


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