The lie is that depression and suicide are things that we can’t talk about.
It’s a lie that causes people to feel alone and live alone when it comes to their pain. The truth is that, as people, we all relate to pain. We all struggle from time to time, we all experience sadness, and we all encounter huge questions in this life. All of that is part of this human experience that you and i keep waking up to.
And with all of that in mind, welcome to National Suicide Prevention Week. This week, people all across America are pushing back at the lie. Thousands more will join them on Thursday for World Suicide Prevention Day. Together we will say that it’s important to talk about mental health and suicide. Together we will say that it’s okay to be honest and it’s okay to ask for help. Together we will say we’re not alone.
Here at TWLOHA, we’re asking folks to think about tomorrow. Suicide means a story ends too soon. Hope means believing that tomorrow can be different, that life is worth living, that it’s possible to change.
Our “We’ll See You Tomorrow” campaign was born from some words i wrote at the end of National Suicide Prevention Week one year ago. i want to share those here:
Above all else, we choose to stay. We choose to fight the darkness and the sadness, to fight the questions and the lies and the myth of all that’s missing. We choose to stay, because we are stories still going. Because there is still some time for things to turn around, time for surprises and for change. We stay because no one else can play our part.
Life is worth living.
We’ll see you tomorrow.
Here’s how you can get involved:
Show your support with our World Suicide Prevention Day pack.
All of the items in the pack are meant to equip you to talk about suicide prevention in your community. Use them as conversation starters, encouraging reminders, and informative tools to share with others. Finally, be sure to wear your shirt and bracelet on World Suicide Prevention Day, which is this Thursday (September 10)! You can get your WSPD pack here.
Fundraise for suicide prevention.
Every dollar raised through our Classy page will go directly to treatment and recovery. So far you’ve helped get us more than halfway to our $75,000 goal. As a sign of our thanks, every person who raises $100 will receive a poster signed by the TWLOHA team, and every person who raises $300 will receive a $50 gift card to the TWLOHA store. The donations must be made between now and Sunday (9/13) at midnight EST.
Tell us why “We’ll See You Tomorrow.”
Download this printable PDF and tell us why We’ll See You Tomorrow. Post it on social media by tagging @TWLOHA and using #Tomorrow15 or #WSPD15.
Spread the word on social media.
Use our NSPW assets to change your profile photos, cover photos, and header images. Throughout the week, share what you’re doing to start conversations about suicide prevention using #Tomorrow15, #NSPW15 (for National Suicide Prevention Week), and #WSPD15 (for World Suicide Prevention Day). Don’t forget to tag @TWLOHA on Instagram & Twitter!