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To the Woman I Spoke to on the Crisis Line


I’ve been thinking about writing this for a while, but I’ve been so unsure of what to say. However, the most important thing I want to say is thank you.

Thank you for listening to me when I thought no one else would.

Thank you for taking me seriously.

Thank you for helping me to think clearly when there was only one thing on my mind.

Thank you for helping me know it was OK to tell someone I was struggling.

Thank you for allowing me to take a step back.

Thank you for reassuring me I would be able to get through this.

Thank you for giving me someone easy to talk to.

Thank you for showing me I am worthy of help.

Thank you for making sure I was safe.

Thank you for encouraging me to tell someone that things were bad.

Thank you for telling me I will get better.

I don’t know your name and can barely remember what you said, but… Thank you for helping me to keep myself alive.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, you can call your local Lifeline or other services for help. Trust me, it will be worth it and it’s not as scary as it might seem.

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If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

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