Hope for today. Stories from people who wanted to end their life

“My #Hope4Today is that I can do my best to live in the moment and accept that everything happens for a reason. If I face a difficult situation, I hope to try my best to use it as an opportunity to grow and learn something new about myself. I try to do my best and trust that god will do the rest.”

Susie Burklew, This Is My Brave – Arlington, VA, 2018

Watch Susie’s story.

“My #Hope4Today is choosing to believe that my life has purpose. Seasons of darkness will come, but that’s all it is, a season. In the big scheme of things, my life has meaning and purpose. I have a light to shine. A story to tell. And an impact to make.”

Chelsey Smith, This Is My Brave – Des Moines, IA, 2017

Watch Chelsey’s story.

Emily Rasch shares her story about suicide

“My Suicide Story”
A Guest Post by Emily Rasch

Being from Southeast Louisiana, snowballs were a common thing when I was growing up. Almost every summer memory I have involves sticky heat, but even stickier syrup dripping down my hand on a hot summer day. When I was a kid, I never thought that one of my favorite summer treats could be a lethal weapon, as it was on July 22, 2018.

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Mental Health Resources

If you are in need of immediate help, please call 911.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Crisis Text Line can be accessed by texting BRAVE to 741-741.

The Veterans Crisis Line is: 1-800-273-8255, then press 1.

National Resources

Mental Health America Mental Health Screening Tools:

Click the image above to take one of Mental Health America’s 10 mental health adult screens to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Following the screening, you will be provided with information, resources and tools to discuss the results with a provider.

Research Studies

  • Mood Network – When you join MoodNetwork as a research participant, you’ll be part of a nationwide study to fight mood disorders. You’ll work with doctors and researchers to help shape the direction of research. For perhaps the first time in the history of these illnesses, your experiences, your concerns, and your ideas will take center stage.
  • National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications – The National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications© is dedicated to evaluating the safety of psychiatric medications that may be taken by women during pregnancy to treat a wide range of mood, anxiety, or psychiatric disorders. The goal of this Registry is to gather information on the safety of these medications during pregnancy, as current data is limited.
  • National Institute of Mental Health Clinical Trials – Clinical research trials are at the heart of all medical advances.

Partner Mental Health Organizations & Initiatives

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