How to Save a Life


Leah Cirks, Cactus Writer

You are not alone, you are important, and you are loved.

It may sound like a redundant statement, but it’s true. If you’ve been feeling depressed lately, isolated or angry, there is always someone to talk to. It can be a friend or a family member, sometimes a complete stranger, but there is always someone willing to help.

The holiday season is approaching, and with that, more family gatherings. Sometimes the holidays and family gatherings in general can be stressful, especially if you feel like your family doesn’t understand you. Have hope; the holidays won’t last forever.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 40,000 people die each year from suicide, making it the 10th leading cause of death. We don’t want to see anyone else become a part of that statistic.

Sometimes it feels easier to isolate yourself than bring up your feelings to those important to you. Holding in those feelings will not help; it can actually make it worse. What you are going through is serious.  Your loved ones may not understand what you’re going through, but they’ll want to help.

If you feel like you’re being suffocated by thoughts of suicide, please don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Call 800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to the National Suicide Prevention hotline. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.