To those of you who have already lost someone to suicide, I am truly sorry. To those of you struggling with the idea of suicide right now, ending your life is not the answer and please look for help. To those of you who are not struggling with this, please be conscious of those around you. It’s so true that you honestly never know what someone is going through, and even just a simple smile can make somebody’s day. I hate the statistics of suicide, and hope that with the help of Suicide Prevention Month and other ways to raise awareness, maybe we could work to end suicide once and for all.

If you or someone you know is struggling with and/or considering suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org, or if you are a Drake University student, contact the Counseling Center at (515) 271-3864There is always help and hope.