01 Jun So, we bought the domain HowToKillYourself.org…
What would you do?
If you found out that sitting next to you was someone thinking about suicide, what would you do? Whether they were a friend, family member, neighbour, co-worker or stranger, you’d probably want to help. You’d do anything you could to help. You’d tell them that they matter. That the world is better with them in it. You’d want to do everything you could to connect them to services that would help give them the option to make a different choice.
Someone, somewhere, is thinking about suicide right now. They’re not always sitting next to us. Even if they are, we don’t always know. Sometimes the only one they confide in is Google. Isn’t that true of us all? Questions we don’t feel we can ask the people right next to us, we ask the internet.
This is Why
That’s why we’ve created this website. We learned that every month, in Canada alone, 6,000 people turn to Google and type in the phrase “how to kill yourself”. We had to do something. We want to help. We need to help. No one should be alone.
When someone types the words How to Kill Yourself into the search bar, we want them to know that there is another option – that how they feel is temporary, but death is forever. We know it isn’t an easy choice – the depths of pain and darkness can feel impossible to overcome, but there are resources and people who are there to help – to come on the journey too. We want them to know that they are not alone. Others have felt like they do now. And there are people that care about them, who want to see them live.
We’re in this together
This website is our way of helping. We’re a bunch of regular people, using the skills God has given us in web development, design, psychology and communications to let everyone know that they are not alone. Whether you are supporting someone with thoughts of suicide, if you are having those thoughts, or if you’re grieving the loss of someone who died by suicide please know that you are not alone. We’re all looking for community. We’re in this together.