When it seems like there is no hope
when it seems like you have nothing
when your heart and spirit are broken you can’t give up
There were times I was living on the streets there was times I was strung out on drugs there were times I was sitting in a cell, there were times I felt alone
Like I had nowhere to turn
Those are the times you have to make it through,
Once you do, you will be alright, if you give up you will never know how amazing life can be.
Things might seem hopeless now, but you will never know what the future is going to bring until you get there
When you’re in that dark place and there is no light, you have to hold on, when you’re on that edge you have to hold on
If you feel like your going to break, you have to reach out to someone who has survived, someone who has been there and back, even if it means reach out to a professional someone who can tell you how to untangle yourself, be strong enough to look for help. The future can be amazing.
There were many times in my life I could not see past my own suffering, and I’m lucky and blessed to be where I am now.
I wouldn’t be, had I given up.
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, here are ways to help:
Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress. You can learn more about its services here, including its guide on what to do if you see suicidal language on social media. You can also call 1-800-273-8255 to talk to someone about how you can help a person in crisis. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.
For the TrevorLifeline, a suicide prevention counseling service for the LGBTQ community, call 1-866-488-7386.
Text HOME to 741741 to have a confidential text conversation with a trained crisis counselor from Crisis Text Line. Counselors are available 24/7. You can learn more about how the texting service works here.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention aims to improve awareness by hosting conferences and community walks for survivors and their families.
For online chat, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a confidential chat window, with counselors available 24/7.
Boys Town also provides counselors for youth-specific online chat at this link. It is available every Monday through Friday between 6 p.m. and midnight in the Central time zone.
Getting help around the world
For support outside of the US, a worldwide directory of resources and international hotlines is provided by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. You can also turn to Befrienders Worldwide.