June 30th, 2017. That day, my best friend texted me something that forever changed my life.
“I don’t want to live anymore.”
I never saw this coming. Our friendship started when we were ten years old, and I watched him succeed in both school and athletics, which led him to be a top Division I athlete. He was optimistic and had tremendous potential in the next phase of his career in sports.
My stomach sank. I had no idea what to do to help. I was thousands of miles away and felt confused, helpless even.
I went to Google with the keywords “how to talk a friend out of being suicidal.” The first result I found sent me to a suicide helpline, so I called the number to find resources.
The voice on the other end of the line helped with a few questions to ask my friend, and I wrote them down. Yet as I thought about the conversation, it felt like there needed to be more resources for me to help my friend. My mind was racing, and I continued to search, but I wasn’t able to find much information on what to do or how to help my friend.
This feeling, which no one else should have to experience, is why I created TalkAboutDepression.org. I founded this non-profit organization to reevaluate and reconstruct how we talk about depression and suicide prevention.
Whether you are going through emotional turmoil yourself or you know someone who is, the language and education around depression and suicide prevention can be improved. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line.