Openly talking about depression and suicide and mental illness is awkward and uncomfortable. It’s difficult, and people don’t always cope with such discomfort in the same ways. But it is through embracing all of the awkwardness and discomfort that the stigma associated with medically treating mental illness can begin to melt away.

I remember a few months after, someone I had met that didn’t know about my attempt made a joke, “I can’t think of anything worse than failing a suicide, you fail so much at life that you fail to even kill yourself” and I thought, I can think of something worse than failing a suicide, and that is actually succeeding in killing yourself.


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