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I am a senior at Helena High, and I’m writing to say why the Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an important event.

Last November, I was watching a movie at home when I heard the news about my best friend. I remember where I was sitting, and exactly how I felt afterward. I involuntarily took a deep breath, until I couldn’t take any more air in, and it sounded like I was choking.

My friend and I weren’t close at the time and hadn’t been for a few years. We went to elementary school together but grew apart when she moved after fifth grade. She was the first best friend I had ever made and by far the best. She stuck up for me and made me feel proud and confident to be who I am. Without seeing her strength at such a young age, I don’t feel I ever would have found mine.

Losing someone to suicide, I feel, is the worst possible way to lose someone. The wound can seem irremediable. Still, people can find comfort in those with that same wound and learn to cope and heal together at events like Survivor Day on Nov. 18.

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Kaytlin Newlun

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