I lost a friend earlier this month. The thoughts in his head stole him from my life and I'm totally not okay with it. I've struggled with so many questions surrounding his death, specifically if there was something more I could have done for him.

Please hear me when I tell you that thinking about suicide is a totally understandable response to pain and when you're so completely consumed with hurt and frustration and lack of clarity, it can feel like there's simply no other escape.

But here's the thing - you ARE worthy of a happy life. You ARE precious. You DO have value. When your mind takes you down a dark road, it can be impossible to remember this, but I promise you that you DO have an army behind you and they truly want whatever it is that makes you happy.

If you don't feel comfortable reaching out to someone you know, or if you feel like you really don't have anyone in your life that you can trust, you can turn to one of these places and nobody there will judge you or look down on you. Not ever.

  • Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier

    The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier is dedicated to enhancing the lives of ALL community residents. If you need help or just someone to talk to, call 607-240-7291. The Mental Health Association also offers the Beacon program where you'll find a variety of services available at no cost including peer counseling, chemical dependency groups, wellness and recovery groups. The Beacon program is open Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church, 254 Robinson St., Binghamton, NY 13904. To learn more about the Beacon program, call 607-296-6000.

  • Boys Town

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline

    The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is always open and there are always people to listen to you and try to help you sort things out. You can reach out to them at 800-273-8255. If you're a veteran, press #1. If you'd rather, you can text CONNECT to 741741.

  • Hazeldon

    Hazelden is a hotline for teens. You can call them at 800-257-7801.

  • Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service - Ithaca

    If you’re struggling to make it through each day, the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service in Ithaca is always available to help. Call 800-273-TALK any day, any time for free and confidential counseling. Spanish: 1-877-AYUDESE (1-877-298-1877), Asian Languages: 1-877-990-8585, TTY: 1-212-982-5284.