For seventeen years, dedicated to mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and healing, in honor of Kristin Rita Strouse.
There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken,
A shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow beyond all grief which leads to joy,
And a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength.
There is a hollow space too vast for words
Through which we pass with each loss,
Out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
There is a cry deeper than all sound
Whose serrated edges cut the heart as we break open
To the place inside which is unbreakable and whole,
While learning to sing.
Every 12 minutes a life is lost to suicide in the U.S.
42,000 Americans died from suicide in 2014
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 in the U.S.
90% of those who die from suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder
1 of every 5 people you see or talk to today has experienced mental illness