These walks put perspective and enlightenment to myself about how suicide affects the family and the friends that have lost someone to suicide. They walked for the family and friends they lost to bring awareness and raise funds to help others that are suicidal and prevent others from experiencing the pain and loss they felt. I believe their stories help me when I am to that point of suicidal thoughts to get help immediately. I have mentioned many times that I have a wonderful support system that gets me though those dark moments.
I have been treated for Bipolar Disorder for almost 25 years and I thought after I was placed on medicine that I would never have those feelings again. However just a year later and many times throughout my battle
That is why it is so important to bring awareness to a huge threat of suicide that kills too many each year. I know this year along I have heard too many stories of very young children committing suicide mostly due to bullying. So many people each year experience both clinical depression as well as environmental depression. There are so many misconceptions of those that commit suicide and I would like to clear that up. People do not kill themselves because they are selfish. seeking attention, or they are cowards. These were never a part of my suicide thoughts or how I was feeling. When you are suicidal your brain is not logical and you just want the incredible pain to stop. Those voices in my head were just so overwhelming I wanted it to just stop. In my case sometimes I felt like I was a burden to my family and I thought I would be doing them a favor. So I urge anyone that has mental illness or may have environmental depression to set up a support team and plan when and if it turns to those suicide thoughts or plans.