Out of the Darkness Walk

I believe suicide can be prevented, and it starts with one simple thing: talking about mental illness. It’s not easy to talk about, but nothing worth it is ever easy. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the top organization in the country in preventing suicide and raising awareness and helping people find treatment.

I’m walking in the Out of the Darkness Atlanta Walk because this cause is very important to me, as I have struggled with depression for thirteen years and it has also affected many people I love. I believe mental illness should be talked about as openly as any other illness, because it is exactly the same. I have attempted suicide in the past, because I was lost in the darkness of depression, but I kept going because somehow I knew I was meant for more. I wasn’t meant to die at only 20 years old, and looking back now I can’t believe how grateful I am that I didn’t go through with my attempt. I want to share my story with others and let them know they are not alone, and that it can get better with love and support.

Please donate if you are able to support this cause. This organization has helped so many people out of the darkness and I want them to continue doing so. Any amount helps, even $1. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.

Thank you so much for your support!

-JLH

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