Help Stories

Dominique’s Fund for Suicide Prevention is introducing HELP STORIES -- a collection of stories from those who have been touched in some way
by suicide. In publishing her story while in high school, Dominique felt less alone and more hopeful when she read the many stories from others
who responded to her letter about her own struggle. Though she set out to help others come forward by sharing her own story so publicly, she
also ended up being helped by the others who also came forward. Just like Dominique experienced, we know stories help heal, provide hope, and remove the stigma and isolation of those who are struggle with their pain.

We decided to create a forum where everyone who has been touched in any way by suicide can share their story--or the story of someone they lost.

We need your help. Please submit your story.

You can share a picture of the person lost to suicide, a picture of yourself, or you can simply submit anonymously. We hope to ultimately have a
wall of stories and faces. We hope that people will be able to see that the thousands of faces could be anyone’s child, friend, sibling, grandchild or spouse--that suicide touches so many. It is a crisis that needs your attention and it’s a crisis where sharing, caring and participation can make a positive difference--and save a life.

Real Help Stories

I Lost Someone I Loved

I lost someone I loved to suicide. When we were together, I could see some signs I suppose…but I didn’t know to look. And even if I did know, what would I (a 15 year old at the time) do to prevent it? These are questions that need answers. Answers come with education. This is what I wish I’d had – the knowledge to see how I could have done more. Spread the word to keep the love. - Jana

A Close Friend Just Committed Suicide

Recently I was logged into my facebook account and stumbled upon the profile of a girl I did not know. Her status said that a close friend of hers had just committed suicide and that she hoped that this friend was finally at peace. I didn’t know this young woman, but I felt a connection with her. At that moment I wished that I had known her. I wished that I could tell her how sorry I was for her loss and that she is not alone in her grief. - Cait

Almost Lost A Brother

I was only 7 years old the first time suicide was in my life. My brother had taken 100 sleeping pills and I was picked up by a friend of the family… right as the ambulance was pulling him out of the house. Since then he had tried many many times (from drugs to cutting to even slicing his throat). I have seen many many days of heart ache in my parents eyes and I have known the cause and effect that suicide has played in our lives. But, I write you in celebration for my brother whom I love, and I can say that he has recovered and has not had any incidents in a few years. It’s a damaging event to go through if you don’t remember you are also the strength that keeps people alive. - Ry
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