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Sitting alone in a dark room, left alone with your thoughts. There is no one I can talk to, no one cares about what I am going through. No one support me in what I do or want to do. My family will never accept my choices. Everyone would be better off without me. Things would be better if I was dead. No one would miss me or even notice I was gone.

All to often someone is sitting alone with these thought. Maybe you have been there in this situation yourself or maybe you know someone like this. Often when left unchecked these thoughts often turn into actions and we lose someone close to us. This does not need to happen; everyone should know that someone cares about them and that there are resources available for those struggling. We need to create awareness of these resources so that people know where they can turn when they need someone to talk to.

Ride or Die 22 is being written to help spread the awareness of different resources, discuss techniques and different approaches to helping someone in crisis. It will also share some personal experiences of how to help yourself and setup a plan to have support when something happens.
No one should have to suffer through challenges alone, there should always be someone to talk to, to support and encourage. If a support system can be created around us then when something tragic happens we will have people to lean on and support us. But it takes work on our part to create that support system it will not magically just happen.

How can you create a support system around you? How can you educate yourself about resources available? Where can I find information to help my friend? Is there training online that I can take to better help others or myself?

Ride or Die 22

Ride or Die 22 was created because I lost someone very close to me to suicide. I did not see the warning signs and was not fully educated on how to help if I had seen something that would have given me a clue. I thought this can not just be me that does not know these things, so I have set out to help educate others on the different resources available to help yourself and loved ones who may need it.

Our mission is to create awareness of suicide prevention resources so that we do not lose another loved one to suicide. We need to change the perception of those who struggle with suicidal thoughts, they are not weak, they are overwelled and need someone to help them. Most times they just need to feel that someone cares how they are feeling, other times they need professional help due to some mental health issue. We will discuss different mental health issues and how they are viewed and how we can change those views.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional mental health counselor; I am simply someone who has walked through the darkness and with the help of friends and family I am still alive. Everything in this book is from my point of view, my own personal research and my own experiences.