Danielle Davis 
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Re: “World Suicide Prevention Day

I attended this event yesterday. I went to this event by myself. I think I was the only person there alone, it seemed, in the 70+ attendees. I sat cheerfully, listening to the speakers and people watching during the breaks. I was there one hour and fifteen minutes. Perhaps it was my dreadlocks or the fact that my clothes weren't fancy, but not one person came up to me and shook my hand or looked me in the eyes and asked me "Hi who are you? How are you?" Sitting alone at a table, I did get asked to move so that another group of girls could sit there. And sitting on the couch alone I did have a guy rudely squeeze in beside me with no regard to the fact I was there. And yet speaker after speaker the message was "You are not alone". I feel sadness and still compassion regarding my experience. Increasing awareness about suicide is wonderful. And yet, suicide is not an idea or a notion. It is an act, committed by persons. I am a person. My father committed suicide, my brother attempted suicide and I have been suicidal in the past but am no longer struggling with this, thankfully. My recovery wasn't because of messages or speakers or slogans. It's because people made me loved and warm.

Posted by Danielle Davis on 09/11/2017 at 7:56 AM

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