Picking up the Pieces: Suicide, “Monsters,” and Hope for the Future

“Reach out when you need help. Speak up when you are struggling. And if you don’t feel heard, yell louder because you are worth it and you are not alone.”

Believing Beautiful

It was a Sunday afternoon in August and I had just finished eating a piece of banana bread with coffee to celebrate the $8,000 goal I reached as a part of the pre-launch campaign for my book, Good Enough.

I sat in awe, overwhelmed by all of the love and support I received from others and thought to myself,This is finally happening.My dream is coming true. I’m going to be a published author.

Before continuing my day of celebration, I decided to check the emails I’d abandoned while finishing up the campaign. In it, there was a message from my friend Kyle that read this:

“Idk if ya care anymore but thanks beyond. Best to ya Car.”

Attached to the email was a song calledFollaton Woodsby Ben Howard and I instantly knew my friend was not okay. Moments later, I received a message from…

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