Thursday, February 22, 2018

This is Why I Write

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, 
but what we are unable to say.

We must speak up and speak out about mental illness and suicide. We must combat shame. We must end the stigma.

Silence contributes to suffering and silence contributes to loss of life. 

In the United States alone, 40,000 lives a year are lost to suicide. It is estimated that there are 240,000 survivors of suicide loss who are left behind to deal with profound grief. 

None of us are alone. 

Speaking up helps us to remember.