Four people who survived suicide attempts shared their own stories with BuzzFeed Yellow, giving a glimpse into a narrative that's often overlooked: the ways individuals go on after nonfatal attempts to take their own lives.
These individuals took a step against the prevailing stigma around mental illness by sharing very personal accounts of how their depression and suicidal thoughts manifested and, ultimately, how they were able to get help.
They emphasize the power of talking about their feelings -- learning to let the people who cared about them in, finding community with people who understood them and taking the steps to find professional help when they needed it.
Though they acknowledge things haven't always turned out perfectly and that there are still days when thoughts of self-harm or doubt arise, they also say that things did get better when they found support, and that there's always a way to get help.
One woman closes the video with some particularly powerful words:
You are worth life. You are worth living. You are worth breathing. You are worth having children. You are worth going to college. You are worth telling jokes. You are worth writing poems. You are worth your life.
You can watch the full video here:
If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness, there are ways to get help. Find resources, tips, and immediate help at Half of Us, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.