If you are reading this right now and considering taking your own life – let me share with you why you should NOT do it.
"I have swam across the Chesapeake Bay, given a talk to 3,500 people, and stayed sober for 25 years. None of that is as hard as making a decision to stay alive, feeling that overpowering desire to sneeze, and not giving in to it."
You want to know what to say to your friend, but nothing seems quite right. I’m not a professional, but here’s a list of things I’ve learned, personally, from battling depression and suicide attempts.
Outlawing grief is something super-spiritual, and is often supported by Bible verses. Forget the past and press on. God’s got a plan. God is sovereign. It’s very Biblical to outlaw grief, after all.
Most pageant winners don't center their platforms around mental illness and suicide, but Katie Knowles did. She is currently Miss Statesville, NC and participated in Miss North Carolina 2015. She herself struggled with mental illness, depression, and suicidal thinking, which she shares about in this story.