The Shame of My Attempt.

Suicide is a dark cloud that seems like a rainbow

written by: J.S. White

May is Mental Health Awareness Month…

but today, May 14th is a poignant date for Hood Medicine Policy Director, Jonathan White; he would like to share his story in the hopes that it will be a light in the darkness of someone’s struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.. On this day, two years ago, he attempted suicide. Jonathan heartbreakingly describes that experience in this blog post for Medium. We are devastated to imagine how empty the world would be without his humble presence and we stand in awe of his courage and vulnerability in sharing his story. Too often the barriers of healthcare access is a deterrent and its stigma keeps our communities from seeking help when we need it. We want to start breaking down those barriers. We hope others will find strength in hearing his journey and seek support if they need it.

Ask for help

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get access to help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En español 1-888-628-9454
Accessibility Line: TTY 1-800-799-4889Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255

Report suicidal content on social media to get help to virtual contacts in crisis:


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