Survivor Messages

Gregg Burgin, Jr.

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"I had a closed heart for a long time.  I didn’t let anybody in.  Now, I let everybody in.  I have this big heart.  I care about people, and try to help people get through what I’ve gotten through."

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Dee Dee Lahey

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"If you’re that person that can’t get out of your head and you’re ping-ponging that you’re a mistake, that life isn’t worth it - tell somebody.   Because it is worth it.  I can’t say life is easy, but I can say that it’s been a joy to get to the age that I am and I’m still learning.  I still have victories.  I still have defeats, but my good news is that the choice is mine to make the day the way I want it to be."  


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David Martinez

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“I can tell you, if you’re thinking of suicide: reach out. Talk to somebody. Pick up that phone, and talk to the suicide hotline. If you’re a man, reach out.  I know it’s a scary world out there, especially for those of us that are the providers, that our world is going to end.   We can ask for confidentially and we need to have our voice heard”.

“If you have somebody in your life out there, a loved one or a friend who has talked to you about suicide, listen. Listen intently”.

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Sherry Morgan

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"What was in my mind about wanting to die was, I just wanted the pain to go away". 

"I don’t know if this is the right way to say this, but it helped knowing other people were in the same boat that I was in. That was really important. They were getting better so I thought, 'Well, maybe I can get better'".

 

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With help comes hope - a message from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Whether you are thinking about suicide now or in the recent past, or you made a suicide attempt last night or several years ago, we understand that the pain you have felt is deep, your emotions may still feel raw, and that your feelings about wanting to end your life are (or were) complicated. We’re glad that you found the Lifeline and we want to help you remain safe and find hope, whether your difficult period is now or in the future.

Click the link below to find stories from attempt survivors who have made it through their darkest hour. Some of these stories and resources are for families, friends, and clinicians who want to support people who are feeling suicidal and/or suicide attempt survivors.

Stories of Hope and Recovery

 

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Share Your Message of Hope

Whether you have lost someone to suicide, battled with a mental health issue, considered suicide or even survived an attempt, you can offer hope and a sense of connection to others who are suffering.  Share your message through:

  • Music
  • Painting or drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Written or spoken word
  • Photography

 or any other medium that inspires you.  Contact Amy Sturgeon for more information on sharing your story.  ​

Interested in becoming an advocate?  Consider Becoming Brave, a Best Practice training that can help you craft a meaningful message of hope using your personal experiences. Contact Marc Dadigan for more information. 

 

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