4 Dec 2012


Internet rules dictate that I not name names, but you know who you are. You’re a close friend of mine who I’ve spent a lot of time talking through depression over the past ~8 months. You’ve been struggling with suicidal thoughts, sometimes very persistent and strong ones, and I’ve spent a few late nights talking you out of making your way to the nearest tall building, be it through firm instruction, just listening, or anything in between.

Other people might look at this description of you and think of weakness, frailty or dependence, but this past weekend you proved them all wrong with one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard of: you contacted a complete stranger over the Internet on a whim and pulled an all-nighter to acquaint yourself with him. Just before you both went to bed, after the sun was up, his words were, “because of you, I’m starting to have hope.”

There is nothing you could have done which would have more thoroughly reminded me why I spent all those countless nights with you, or made me more proud to call you my friend. You are a beautiful, strong and selfless person, and this is to serve as a public acknowledgement of that. You worked tirelessly this weekend and, as a result, saved a life. That’s more important than any other accomplishment ever.


To the reader:

If you’re depressed or suicidal, I have two facts for you:

  • You’re not worthless. Far from it. The addressee of my open letter above was exactly where you are, and to a certain extent, still is, and he saved someone’s life this weekend. If there is truly nothing else, you have the potential to inspire and create hope.
  • If you want to talk to someone, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll gladly get to know you and hear you out. I know it helps to talk to someone in your shoes, so after getting acquainted, I might introduce you to someone who’s got a situation closer to yours if that’s OK.
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