Mental health support can be difficult to acquire in this country. Beyond issues with money and insurance, there is still a stigma around admitting to depression. For anyone experiencing suicidal ideation, there’s the added stress of not knowing who you can talk to for the help you need.
If you’re struggling with thoughts of self-harm, one of the first steps is calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They’re available to talk anytime and connect people to resources for treatment and therapy.
But what happens after? Recovery is a process, and not enough people talk about it. That’s why so many folks were touched by a message shared by writer Matt Haig. Haig writes that 20 years ago he nearly died by suicide. He survived, and has gone on to write about his experience, advocating for accessible mental health support.
20 years ago this summer I nearly died by suicide in Ibiza.— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) July 29, 2019
I knew I had no future. I knew I’d never be happy again.
Today I am in France. With family. And dog. Enchanted.
I am alive. I am happy. In the future that couldn’t exist.
The impossible happens via living.
Haig shared a picture of himself in bed with an adorable dog, smiling. He writes:
“20 years ago this summer I nearly died by suicide in Ibiza. I knew I had no future. I knew I’d never be happy again. Today I am in France. With family. And dog. Enchanted. I am alive. I am happy. In the future that couldn’t exist. The impossible happens via living. Stay.”
It’s an incredibly moving message. Haig’s words touched a lot of people, some of whom have nearly been taken by suicide, some of whom are working on their depression with professional help, but still feel there’s a long road ahead.
Many just appreciated Haig being so open about what happened to him, because it can feel so isolating. Here are some of their messages of hope:
Few years ago I was suicidal, self harmed and hated my life. Been depressed since my childhood. Today I have a beautiful daugther, a great partner,an amazing family. After years of depression, suicidal thoughts and emptiness I am truly happy. Never give up! It gets better.
— Rita (@rita_jezso) July 30, 2019
I was hospitalized for suicide and depression a few months ago. It does get better, and it does still hurt. It’s part of my story and who I am. I’m grateful I’m still here.
— Andrew (@GeekStanton) July 30, 2019
1 year ago I attempted suicide and now, although I struggle sometimes, My life has improved so much and I’m so happy I didn’t succeed ???? thank you for sharing your story it’s so important!
— Heather (@heatherxxxoo) July 29, 2019
????— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) July 29, 2019
So sorry Sian. Sending you all the love. Xxx— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) July 30, 2019
Twelve years ago, I took my first overdose. Six years ago I took my second. Just over a year ago I took my third. Miraculously I’m still here. I’m so glad that I stayed because life is really good right now. I vow never to tempt fate again. I have realized that life is precious. https://t.co/OXAMIsqgI9— Quick Time Queen (QTQ) (@Jess1ekins) July 30, 2019
Stay.— Hedy Burress (@BurressHedy) July 30, 2019
Just in case you needed this reminder today. Because a lot of folks sometimes do and there’s no shame in it.
My reasons today: husband, hot tea in a pretty mug, library trips https://t.co/iYZ94fW8b7
I have contemplated suicide in the past.— Dave Shrein (@daveshrein) July 30, 2019
I believed that everyone has
Not true. Suicidal thought is a-typical.
But know that you’re not alone and it’s good to ask for help sorting through your thoughts.
Life awaits you! https://t.co/oAqiiBq3Vu
I'm 45. I tried about 10 years ago. In two weeks I'm getting married and have never been happier. You never know what's just around the corner. Keep fighting. x— cayti gilbert (@caytig) July 29, 2019
I've been crying for the past hour from all of this support. The internet can be such a dark place, the world can, and everyone's brought some light into my day— lynn (@podrickspaynes) July 30, 2019
Congratulations on such an amazing academic accomplishment AND on love! This old lesbian sister is grateful you are alive and living among us.— ???? anita ???? (@anita1956) July 29, 2019
I tend to remind myself that bad days only have 24 hours as well. You just have to hang on in there.— [email protected] (@Steffatuk) July 29, 2019
When I was in the throes of suicidal ideation/attempt, I was convinced that I would never recover. That my life would never change. But, like Matt, it did. If you are struggling, please call the Nat'l Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) or text 741741. 1/ https://t.co/AcUGgx138e— ValerieNotVal???? Lizard Lover (@PhlItalian) July 30, 2019
Fuuuuuck! I relate to this so much! It was 2002 and your boi here tried to commit suicide. Now it's almost 20 years later and I'm in a place that I couldn't even fathom back then. Keep fighting the good fight and even if you believe there is nothing here for you, stay. https://t.co/9srfHOTBxx— Little Bobby Tables (@kurtiskemple) July 29, 2019
So glad you were both able to get though this period. x— James Fahy (@ambienteer) July 29, 2019
If you need help, reach out. Because there are a million people out there who will say, “Stay.”
If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.