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Suicide: Back away from the keyhole

For help, for yourself or someone you love, try one of these:

Facebook page for Suicide Resources

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention The house lights drop, two young men on stage.

One’s mine.

One’s someone else’s.

Together, along with their theater director and the rest of the cast and crew, they’ve put together a production of Sleepwalker, an award winning play by award winning playwright William Mastrosimone.

As the play unfolds, the main character, Dillon, is struggling with the decision to end his own life.

Several images struck me throughout this performance, but the one I want to share with you today is this:

When your vision of your life gets too narrow, it’s like a keyhole effect and the end is all you can see. To reduce your tunnel vision, all you have to do is take ONE step back. Then the bigger picture begins to come into focus.

One step back.

One step.

One.

And the message for our kids is this: if you wonder if someone is suicidal, or involved in self-harm, TELL SOMEONE. Yes, your friend may be mad at you temporarily, but they’ll be alive and mad at you instead of dead and not.

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For help, for yourself or someone you love, try one of these:

Facebook page for Suicide Resources

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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