People who were once suicidal have been sharing uplifting photos of themselves to show how their lives have improved, despite their fears that they wouldn’t.
Author Matt Haig, who once tried to take his own life 20 years ago, asked people to share photos of themselves and messages that might help others.
Writing on Twitter, Haig, who has 336,000 followers wrote: ‘If like me you once nearly died by suicide, and are happy you didn’t, it would be great to send a pic or message here to give others hope. Will retweet as many as possible.’
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Matt Haig, who’s written best-selling books Notes from a Nervous Planet, How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive, asked his 336,000 followers to share stories of hope if they were happy a suicide attempt hadn’t been successful
Thousands of people have liked his request, made yesterday on World Suicide Prevention Day and hundreds have since commented, sharing their own hopeful stories of how they once attempted suicide but that things had improved for them since.
Many shared happy events that they thought’d they’d never live to see including falling in love and having children.
@hopetweets_ wrote: ‘if I had successfully ended my own life, I would never have seen my best friend get married or met the love of my life. there is a light at the end of the tunnel and so much more to come. this too shall pass.’
@catwrightprfam wrote: ‘I first tried to take my own life at the age of 8, the 2nd time at the age of 12, the 3rd time at the age of 16, the 4th at the age of 21 and my most recent attempt at the age of 24.
Now at the age of 33, I am sharing my story with everyone in the hope that I can help folks.’
@klode_stark182 said abuse had led her to contemplate death by suicide. She wrote: ‘I survived three attempts at taking my own life and lived next to my abuser for 19 years. Now I’m in a healthy relationship, I look after myself and I fight the fight everyday. There really is light at the end of the tunnel, we can ask for help.’
@JoHitchin wrote about her own battle with depression, sharing a smiling recent photo of herself with her partner and child: ‘I was diagnosed with depression at 17. I spent a year in the foetal position, crying. I spent about 10 years depressed, suicidal. Had a couple of suicide attempts…survived. So glad I did, happier than ever. From the darkness, I found strength and light. Keep on keeping on xxx
Others said nature and travel had helped them to stave off depression. @slooterman penned: ‘I’ve hiked so much since I attempted [suicide] that my hiking boots fell apart’.
In July, Haig, author of best-selling books Notes from a Nervous Planet, How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive, shared how his life had been transformed in the decades since his own suicide attempt.
The video, posted to the Kensington Palace Instagram account, captures men and woman as they read out heart-wrenching messages like those sent to Shout by people in need
The Sussex Instagram account shared a picture of a couple, writing: ‘This World Suicide Prevention Day, we would like to spread the available support far and wide to ensure that no-one goes through a crisis alone.’
Just a few hours later the Sussex Instagram account shared a picture of a couple, encouraging followers to text William’s crisis service. Harry and Meghan are seen at the Lion King premiere in July
He wrote: ’20 years ago this summer I nearly died by suicide in Ibiza. I knew I had no future. I knew I’d never be happy again. Today I am in France. With family. And dog. Enchanted. I am alive. I am happy. In the future that couldn’t exist. The impossible happens via living.’
Yesterday, on World Suicide Prevention Day, the Sussexes and Cambridges joined forces to encourage followers suffering from mental health issues to seek help.
Kensington Palace unveiled a powerful video to mark World Suicide Prevention Day today – featuring Prince William‘s national text crisis service Shout.
The video, posted to the Kensington Palace Instagram account, captures men and woman as they read out heart-wrenching messages like those sent to the service by people in need.
In the short clip, eight men and women share the stories of people struggling with suicidal thoughts, break ups, depression and self harm.
And just a few hours later the Sussex Instagram account shared a picture of a couple, encouraging followers to text William’s crisis service, and writing: ‘This World Suicide Prevention Day, we would like to spread the available support far and wide to ensure that no-one goes through a crisis alone.
‘Please use or share the below accounts today, or on any given day, to a friend, colleague or even a complete stranger, that may be suffering – because wherever you are, you are not alone’.
The campaign comes a day after Prince William, who helped set up the service, revealed he hopes to train as a volunteer counsellor for Shout.