When I first heard of this day six years ago, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the name. Survivor Day? It made me sound like some sort of hero or lucky person, neither of which I would ever label myself. Unlucky and heartbroken? Yes. But then I thought about what I did in the days and years following Luke’s death and, aside from breathing, surviving is really all I did. I had a sick mom and friends and family who relied on me to do so, so it really didn’t feel like I had a choice.
Six years later, I choose to not focus on myself or what I went through. I think of Luke’s family, and Luke, and my heart breaks for them. And I try to educate others on things to look for in someone who could be suicidal. Of course, the signs may or may not always be there, and you may not be able to stop it but education is one thing I’ve tried to do these past six years and it’s something I plan to continue. So today, I ask you to give this a read and know what signs to look for so that you, and others, will never have to wear the label of suicide survivor.