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‘The Impossible Happens Via Living’: Writer’s Viral Tweet About Surviving A Suicide Attempt Inspires Thousands To Share Their Stories

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.

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:

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.