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James Donaldson on Mental Health – 21 Reasons to Keep Living When You Feel Suicidal (#19 of #21)

Men and Suicide (2)

James Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

I remember when I was really struggling and in the depths of my despair, where there was only darkness and no hope, the only reason I convinced myself to stick around was because “I wanted to tell my story” (and not have everyone else out there trying to tell my story for me).

Also, with my personal experience  I felt that by sharing my story, I can help countless numbers of others who are going through a similar thing, or know someone who is going through something similar.

In celebration of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share with you a recent report I came across to, in which 21 “once suicidal”  individuals, gave reasons to keep on living. I’ll share one with you a day throughout the rest of the month.

 

19. I stay for the loves of my life (boyfriend and dog) and for the adventure of writing. And [because] when I stay, I can help others to stay as well. — Jen Karner

 

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – 21 Reasons to Keep Living When You Feel Suicidal (#18 of #21)

September Nation Suicide Prevention Month

James Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

I remember when I was really struggling and in the depths of my despair, where there was only darkness and no hope, the only reason I convinced myself to stick around was because “I wanted to tell my story” (and not have everyone else out there trying to tell my story for me).

Also, with my personal experience  I felt that by sharing my story, I can help countless numbers of others who are going through a similar thing, or know someone who is going through something similar.

In celebration of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share with you a recent report I came across to, in which 21 “once suicidal”  individuals, gave reasons to keep on living. I’ll share one with you a day throughout the rest of the month.

 

18. I chose to stay so that I could have the opportunity to help others choose life over suicide. — Teagan Kempe

 

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – 21 Reasons to Keep Living When You Feel Suicidal (#17 of #21)

Men and SuicideJames Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

I remember when I was really struggling and in the depths of my despair, where there was only darkness and no hope, the only reason I convinced myself to stick around was because “I wanted to tell my story” (and not have everyone else out there trying to tell my story for me).

Also, with my personal experience  I felt that by sharing my story, I can help countless numbers of others who are going through a similar thing, or know someone who is going through something similar.

In celebration of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share with you a recent report I came across to, in which 21 “once suicidal”  individuals, gave reasons to keep on living. I’ll share one with you a day throughout the rest of the month.

 

17. I stay with the help of my service dog, Hero. Medicines don’t work and I was going to give up until he came along. — Megan Alldredge

 

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – 21 Reasons to Keep Living When You Feel Suicidal (#16 of #21)

September Nation Suicide Prevention Month

James Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

I remember when I was really struggling and in the depths of my despair, where there was only darkness and no hope, the only reason I convinced myself to stick around was because “I wanted to tell my story” (and not have everyone else out there trying to tell my story for me).

Also, with my personal experience  I felt that by sharing my story, I can help countless numbers of others who are going through a similar thing, or know someone who is going through something similar.

In celebration of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share with you a recent report I came across to, in which 21 “once suicidal”  individuals, gave reasons to keep on living. I’ll share one with you a day throughout the rest of the month.

 

16. I stay because life is full of beautiful surprises that I can’t even fathom yet. I know there will be pain too, but I’ve learned to cope so much better. I think of all I would’ve missed out on if my attempt was successful, the most important that I never would’ve been an aunt and watch my nieces grow. I stay so they will have me to support them. — Melanie Demoree

 

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – 21 Reasons to Keep Living When You Feel Suicidal (#15 of #21)

September Nation Suicide Prevention Month

James Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

I remember when I was really struggling and in the depths of my despair, where there was only darkness and no hope, the only reason I convinced myself to stick around was because “I wanted to tell my story” (and not have everyone else out there trying to tell my story for me).

Also, with my personal experience  I felt that by sharing my story, I can help countless numbers of others who are going through a similar thing, or know someone who is going through something similar.

In celebration of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share with you a recent report I came across to, in which 21 “once suicidal”  individuals, gave reasons to keep on living. I’ll share one with you a day throughout the rest of the month.

 

15. I was given a second chance at life so I stay because 1) I want to honor the people who saved my life and 2) I’m stubborn. — Tina Aspegren

 

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – 21 Reasons to Keep Living When You Feel Suicidal (#14 of #21)

Speak Up to Prevent Suicide

James Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

I remember when I was really struggling and in the depths of my despair, where there was only darkness and no hope, the only reason I convinced myself to stick around was because “I wanted to tell my story” (and not have everyone else out there trying to tell my story for me).

Also, with my personal experience  I felt that by sharing my story, I can help countless numbers of others who are going through a similar thing, or know someone who is going through something similar.

In celebration of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share with you a recent report I came across to, in which 21 “once suicidal”  individuals, gave reasons to keep on living. I’ll share one with you a day throughout the rest of the month.

 

14. I stay because I finally found long-term happiness. While it was terrifying to realize that I now had to relearn how to function as a happy person, it was worth it all. I stay because I want people to know of all the things I live with, and have lived through, and see that I am not only still here, but I am truly happy. I stayed to be a source of hope to those facing situations like mine; for those who feel forgotten and alone. — Cecelia Markow

 

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – 21 Reasons to Keep Living When You Feel Suicidal (#13 of #21)

September Nation Suicide Prevention MonthJames Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle  

I remember when I was really struggling and in the depths of my despair, where there was only darkness and no hope, the only reason I convinced myself to stick around was because “I wanted to tell my story” (and not have everyone else out there trying to tell my story for me).

Also, with my personal experience  I felt that by sharing my story, I can help countless numbers of others who are going through a similar thing, or know someone who is going through something similar.

In celebration of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I want to share with you a recent report I came across to, in which 21 “once suicidal”  individuals, gave reasons to keep on living. I’ll share one with you a day throughout the rest of the month.

 

13. I don’t have one big reason. Instead, I have thousands of little reasons, ranging from family and friends to the episodes of Bob’s Burgers I won’t get to see. Each reason, no matter how small, is an act of resistance that my suicidal thoughts would have to knock down. It’s sort of a way of passing time to ride it through. — Alyse Ruriani

 

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