The Courage To Save Yourself

By Jennifer Tracy

This was the first time that I shared my story about suicide & grief on a national TV show about a day I’ve personally lived with now for over two decades. The day that I walked in and said- I need help I’m going to end my life…

That choice saved my life but it also came with a lot of repercussions. Doing the right thing should be looked on as courageous and strong … but instead, I was labeled-UNFIT!

I had no idea a few short years after my battle with suicidal ideation that my husband and daughter were going to die.

When they died, surprisingly I was prepared for that battle.

It took years before I was able to talk about all of this. I think I waited until my daughters were in their 20’s to share this on national tv because I did not want it to hurt them in any way.

“Now, I talk about it all the time. I talk about the darkness because it takes away the power that it has over me & hopefully you. The suicidal mind is very convincing. It feeds shame, guilt, fear, & hopelessness.”

Please, don’t believe the lie that tells you that life is better without you. The lie that says it will never get better. The lie that says you are a burden. Please reach out for help even though it can be one of the hardest steps to take.

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