International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

I am so lucky to be co-chairing our areas first ever International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

This past week has been super busy for me. I’ve been getting caught up on all of the information and trying to jump in the middle of everything so that we can move forward. The event is held nationally in over 3,000 cities on November 22, 2014. This will be the 15th annual ISOSL Day.

It is going to be a lot of work but I truly hope that it will pay off in the end. There are so many people out there questioning why and I hope that perhaps we can make a difference so that future others won’t have to question at all. Prevention is possible.

I am re-working my schedule to add this into my already ridiculously hectic life. I have several AFSP training courses that I have to help facilitate as well as the community walk in November. I think that these events could make a great impact on our community. There are too many lives lost to suicide in our area and I want to show others that they are not alone. Depression is real but it doesn’t have to be the end for anyone.

It’s great to see so many people coming together to make a difference. I have already met so many wonderful people who have suffered loss and yet they have endured. They are strong despite their pain. I admire their drive to do something and I only hope that I can help as well. I pray that I can turn my pain into something meaningful. I hope that it won’t all have been for nothing. Perhaps One person will stop and realize their worth.

You will always be with me even in my own darkest of days. My loss of you has kept me pushing ever forward. Your actions did not define me. They only refined my will and my purpose.

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