Suicide awareness/ be kind/ reach out/ talk

Instead of asking people to ‘reach out’, how about we vow to ‘reach in’…

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You see, the thing is, people who can see no way out, people who are so very low that life no longer feels worth living, don’t want to reach out.

They want to hide.

They want the pain to stop.

They want to be alone so that they can put an end to their suffering.

They don’t want to talk anymore, the talking is over by then.

They want to go.

So how do we stop this?

We reach in...

Over and over.

Before it has reached this point.

With love.

With messages of friends saying hello.

With stories of inspirational people to emulate.

With healthy food, hugs, favourite music, funny clips and company.

No pressure to talk.

If the door isn’t opened to us we ring the bell the next day and the next, we send messages, we write cards, we try and try until we can try no more.

Trust your instincts too, a beautiful smile can hide so much inner turmoil.

The truth is that people who feel valued, who feel worthwhile, who feel supported, can weather the hardest of storms, for the most part.

And if they can’t, if their suffering is too intense, you haven’t failed or wasted time, you did your best.

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And love was given.

And that, at the end of the day, is all that matters.

Let’s all vow, today, to start ‘reaching in’ more.

We are all in this together

Donna Ashworth 

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