How do you do it?  How do you tell someone’s Family that their child, son, daughter, spouse, sibling or parent is gone?  How do you hold back the emotional release when they break down in your arms?  How easy is it for you to swallow the explanation that it was a suicide?  How would you confront the Family?  If you could have saved that life, would you?  

The statistics are alarming of the amount of people who feel their world would be better if they were removed from it.  George Bailey faced that dilemma in “It’s A Wonderful Life” when faced with a bleak outlook of his situation.  Yet he learned, through a movie miracle, just how bad life would have been without him.  

We don’t live in a movie and suicidal thoughts and actions are real.  The tragic tears are real.  So the question remains, if you could stop a suicide — would you?  The obvious answer is staring you in the face, and the time to act is now.

The unfortunate truth is that too many of us have thought about ending our lives and a staggering amount have tried.  Your thoughts and actions have made you subject matter experts on suicide.  You know what to look for, you know the deep pains and despair that others are going through.  You saw the light at the end of the tunnel and realized it wasn’t an oncoming train.

So how can you help those currently suffering? Tell them your story. It may surprise you how your fight against suicide can and will save another life.

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” Coach Jim Valvano’s immortal description of his fight against cancer.  These words resonate so profoundly to life.  Don’t give up on your friends, Family, battle buddies or teammates.  

Fort Bragg is providing you the opportunity to save a life.  Act now – step up – and contact Adrienne Williams at 432-7279 or email adrienne.d.williams.civ@mail.mil and let her know you want to save a life today.