(Editor’s note: ASAP will hold a Suicide Prevention Awareness Kickoff Event, titled “Choose to Live,” 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Main Post Chapel.)
“I just want people that come to the event or are reading this to know it’s okay not to be ok.
Everybody has thoughts. Sometimes they have stressors, they get down and those are okay thoughts.
Just know there are other options. Choose to live. Go reach out to resources.”
“Know your resources. Choosing to live means connecting to your resources and coming to your own rescue, and making the decision that you don’t want to take your life.
(It means) allowing people to reach out and to help you.”
“I’d say it means choose hope. Vulnerability makes you stronger, and it means that you are willing to reach out to people.
You give other people hope when you open yourself up. You provide strength and hope for others.”
“‘Choose to Live’ means to me that you’re looking at the bigger picture.
You’re not focusing on just yourself, but you’re looking at what effects it has down the road, and not just on yourself but on other people.”