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Instagram photo by sadpurposeIn the United States, on average, someone attempts suicide every 40 seconds. On average, one suicide occurs every 16 minutes. On average, 88 people die from suicide each day in the U.S. By definition average means: the result obtained by adding several quantities together and then dividing this total by the number of quantities. Yes, I realized that these are just statistics, but the thing is statistics do not account for the great personalities lost; for the families in despair. They do not account for the sleepless nights that they have spent crying alone; for the times no one came to their rescue; for the times when they needed a helping hand. My point is; you are not just a collection of numbers. You are not just a statistic from a book. Whether you choose to believe it or not; you matter. I may not know your name, your favorite color, or your favorite book, I’m not going to say “I know how you feel” because I don’t. I can’t even begin to imagine what you have gone through. I can’t tell you that everything is going to be alright, but I can tell you that you are not alone. And I know it may feel like you have nobody and some days you just want to give up, but just remember that you are not alone; you matter. You were put on this earth for a reason; your life has purpose. You have to believe that there are still books worth reading, places worth going, and people worth meeting. You have your whole life ahead of you. You have a chance to make a difference; to save lives. And in the time spent reading this, I hope you have not become just another one of those statistics."
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