“But in the end, one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” 

Albert camus

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Youth who are members of the LGBTQ+ community contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, and are almost 5 times more likely to attempt it. 40% of transgender adults report having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals report having attempted suicide before the age of 25.

Percentage of U.S. high school students who have seriously considered attempting suicide as of 2015, by ethnicity

via statista dossier

21% of adults still believe public dollars shouldn't be allocated towards suicide prevention.


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David Foster Wallace

“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill him or herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill oneself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view - the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”


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