Can you handle that truth?

One Survivor’s Voice

You just don’t get it, do you? We’re living in a world that’s closing in on us, hiding our true feelings behind screens and small talk. What are we so scared of? Losing our cool?

I used to have a friend, my best friend, who’s now gone because he wasn’t comfortable really letting me in, us in. He hid his feelings, and we didn’t have the guts to break down our pride. It’s easy, isn’t it? To ignore the signs, to pass it off, to think someone else will step up. But guess what? It’s on us. He’s gone because I didn’t know how to save a life. I failed, to break through the walls we’ve built around our struggles, and now I’m left with the weight of his absence and the guilt that maybe I could have saved him.

You think this doesn’t concern you? That you can swipe away the problem or walk past it like it’s nothing? My friend’s silence screams louder than any words I’ve ever heard, and it’s tearing me apart. We all need to wake up and realize that this—this is the battle we should be fighting together. With compassion, with courage, with a desperate plea to change things before another chair is empty.

We toss around hashtags and filters like they’re going to make a difference, but when it comes to the real issues, the real pain, we shy away. We hide. It’s not enough to just ‘be there’ for someone, to just ‘hear them out.’ We need to act, to engage, to dig deep into those uncomfortable places we don’t showcase online, and actually really need to talk and to listen to each other.

I don’t want your sympathy or your social media condolences. What I need—what we all need—is for you to join me, to stand up and really fight for those teetering on the edge. You want to make a difference? Then let’s do it. Let’s tear down these walls and talk about the hard stuff. Let’s make sure that no one else has to stand where I’m standing, wishing they had spoken up, wishing they had listened. I’m begging you—join me in this fight. Educate yourself, talk openly, be that lifeline. Don’t do it for me; do it so that no one else has to feel this emptiness, this regret. It’s time to take a stand, to be the difference. Can you handle that truth?

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to a helpline or mental health professional in your country. You are not alone, and help is available. Call or text 988 or text TALK to 741741.  Web resources: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org), The Trevor Project (thetrevorproject.org)

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Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.