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  • For fourty minutes.

  • Crying like a baby.

  • Bikers, joggers, tourists, runners, they went by me,

  • police officers searching for suicidal people went by me twice

  • I'm standing at the ledge leaning over the rail with tears flowing down to the waters

  • and I thought to myself; absolutely nobody cares

  • and then the voice in my head said ''jump now'', and I did.

  • And the millisecond that my hands cleared the rail my legs flew over it

  • it was an instant regret

  • the depression was wiped from my mind

  • And all I wanted to do was live, and I thought it's too late.

  • Kevin Hines was 19 when he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • He is one of the many incredible people that I've been grateful to meet over the past three weeks

  • as I aim to further understand the complexities surrounding suicide.

  • And I know I've made mistakes.

  • I know I've let people down.

  • But what happens when you're given an opportunity to help make a difference in the world?

  • The backlash against the social media star,

  • very popular guy called Logan Paul is in some hot water ...I think he is complete and utter insensitive idiot.

  • Taking a break from daily vlogging. Even he says his latest content was his biggest mistake.

  • I wanna apologize to the victim, and his family.

  • It's time to learn from the past as I get better and grow as a human being, I'm here to have a hard conversation

  • so that those who are suffering can have easier ones.

  • - So I've never been so humbled in my life by a single event. - Were you kind of shocked by it?

  • I was shocked to discover just how big this is.

  • You've never known anybody that killed themselves? - No one, no one. That was, that was, that was part of the problem

  • Just my ignorance on the subject.

  • But in Ohio where you come from it's the second leading cause of death

  • And I know while I'm not able to solve the problem by myself.

  • I want to be a part of the solution. And that solution began across the country in New York City

  • We sat down with Dr. John Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention lifeline.

  • We have to change the conversation

  • publicly from just focusing on

  • suicide and how something bad is happening, and say 'What do we do about it?'

  • Help people understand that the first thing they need to do is

  • reach out and talk to somebody when they're feeling in despair, because you're not alone with anymore.

  • They've done studies with people who are experiencing any kind of pain including hanging off a cliff.

  • You could hold on a lot longer if somebody is right there with you.

  • I think as a society, as human beings, we just have to be more compassionate and that includes me too.

  • That's something I'm learning along this journey, and something else that

  • Dr. Draper told me were the 5 Steps that anyone can take to help prevent suicide.

  • Step 1 is simply just ask. Ask yourself, ask others

  • Are you thinking about suicide. And I know that sounds like a daunting question,

  • but literally that question can save lives.

  • Step 2: accordingly would be to listen. Be present, don't make any judgments.

  • And then Step 3 would be, be there for them even after you've already asked because

  • dependability is key. Step 4 is then help them connect,

  • ah whether it's with a friend, a family member or a local suicide hotline therapist.

  • But help them reach out to someone so they don't have to deal with this alone.

  • Lastly, Step 5 is just checking on them, show them that you care. Call them up say "hey

  • "I want to make sure you're okay"

  • "Can I check in with you over the next few days?".

  • So one of the things that is so important about reducing stigma is

  • getting stories out there about people positively coping with suicide.

  • Do you guys know anyone I could talk to with the lived experience of suicide?

  • Absolutely, we have quite a number of people that we could deliver over to you, yeah.

  • - That'd be great. - Yeah. - And that's how we got introduced to Kevin Hines

  • 17 years ago Kevin jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge and survived.

  • These are individuals whose stories when people hear them, they say "you know, maybe I can get through".

  • As opposed to hearing the stories when people have it.

  • an-an- and those...unfortunately, those are the stories that we've heard before.

  • Now we're hearing more and more stories of people being more open about it.

  • As I was saying before, Logan, for every one person that dies by suicide,

  • there's 287 other people that think seriously about it

  • But don't. Those are stories again that have not been told if we told those stories

  • of people who got through it as opposed to one who didn't

  • Imagine what kind of influence that would have on people's behavior

  • When I found out that one in six high school kids seriously think about suicide.

  • - That's that's stunning. - Yeah. - This is such a common problem.

  • Logan all I wanted

  • Was for one person to look me in my eyes

  • Say "hey kid are you okay"?

  • I am so grateful to be alive

  • And I'm grateful today.

  • For every millisecond I get to breathe

  • Cuz it was almost all ripped from me by me.

  • What's one thing you would have said to your younger self to the Kevin who was 19?

  • Sitting on the bus if you were next to you and instead of the guy who pointed and laughed

  • What would you say

  • I would just put my hand on the sh-

  • I'll just put my hand on my shoulder and

  • I would just say I'm here for you. I got you

  • We need to be a society that comes together for every person in the community that's going through hell.

  • In order to do that, every person that's going through hell, whatever hell,

  • has to be honest about their pain.

  • And if they're gonna be honest about their pain

  • We are going to collectively

  • Answer the call and be there for that individual.

  • Cause if you don't see beauty in the next person you meet,

  • you're not looking hard enough.

  • You're incredible dude. This is an honor for me.

  • It's an honor for me too brother

  • From this point on I want to make an effort to contribute and immerse myself in the conversation,

  • so I'm pledging to donate 1 million dollars to various suicide prevention organizations

  • with the first $250,000 going immediately to the National Suicide Prevention lifeline,

  • so they can increase their capacity to help those in need

  • For anyone watching I want you to know you are not alone and most of the time crisis passes

  • So if you or anyone you know feels alone or trapped I encourage anyone to call or even text a suicide or crisis hotline

  • Both of those numbers are below. And although this is a tough conversation,

  • it's important because things can and will get better.

  • It's time to start a new chapter in my life as I continue to educate both myself and others on suicide

  • I'm humbled and thankful to say

  • - You are not alone. - This is just the beginning.

  • call 1-800-273-8255

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    Samuel posted on 2018/01/26
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