Trigger warning: Focus of suicide
You have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
When you pick up the phone at 1 am
because the thoughts are back to haunt you
Even when you close your eyes
The images are tattooed behind your eyelids
If you are in emotional distress or suicidal crisis or are concerned about someone who might be, we're here to help.
You could pull your life together like you pull those strings
that you wrap around your neck
Those strings that attach you to this meaningless life
For every person who commited suicide and became a statistic.
For every person who overdosed because they thought it was tylenol
For every person who thinks that abuse is what love looks like
You can smile and have depression, you can smile and commit suicide
You don't pull the trigger because you want to die
You shoot the bullet because you want to be heard
We need to learn to ask, "Are you okay?"
This goes for every man, every woman, every person in between
It's okay to ask directly about suicide
Because if we can do that
Then maybe one day we don't have to mention this poem to our kids
Please remain on the line while we route your call to the nearest crisis center in our network
And then they put you on hold and play some nice music
The same music they play in the elevator that brings you to the roof of your apartment building
And you stand on the edge of the 6th floor
6 feet under and waiting for a service agent to pick up the goddamn phone
But at the end of the call or maybe at the end of the day
if you make it that far
You have the choice to say: This is not how my life will end