Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Candles Lit For World Suicide Prevention Day

My candles in memory of my son Zach and all those who have
died by suicide.

The response I saw on Facebook today for World Suicide Prevention Day was amazing!
The love people shared with me and others was beautiful.

It proved to me that we are caring and loving people.
We are not stereotypes of "bad families" with "bad kids" who choose suicide.

We are loving people who want the best for others.
We want YOU to reach out for help if you need it.
We want YOU to speak up for someone you know struggling with suicidal thoughts.

The pain we survivors, the families and friends left behind is nearly unbearable,
yet we survive and speak up and speak out for suicide prevention.

We share our stories, our photos and yes, our pain in hopes to educate others
on the importance of preventing suicides.

Please, if you are considering suicide, reach out for help.

The National Lifeline is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Messages to Zach...

Today, Sept. 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day
I want to share something I haven't shared publicly before.
I'm crying as I look at them again.

These photo boards were placed at Zach's funerals, we called them
"Messages to Zach"
I wanted people who felt as though they didn't get to say good-bye to have an opportunity to share their feelings.
Between his funeral in Minnesota and his funeral in California
over 500 people mourned his death.
My point in writing this and sharing these photo boards with you is to prove to you that YOU TOO are loved!
YOU have an inpact on so many more lives than you could imagine.
The little girl you think will forget...she remembers and asks why you're in Heaven.
The teenage boy who can't even figure out who "he is" right now certainly can't understand your decision to end your life.
Your mother will cry for you every single day.
The pain left behind from suicide is nearly unbearable, yet it happens in the United States nearly 100 times a day!
Please be the voice that could change someone's life.
Be that person who's not afraid of making someone mad by telling someone about their suicidal thoughts
and/or past actions.
 PLEASE reach out for help or be the help someone else needs.
Call 911 or the National Lifelife: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Love, Melissa, Zach's Mom

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sept. 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

On Sept. 10th at 8pm
Please support World Suicide Prevention Day
by lighting a candle near a window in memory of

My son,
Zachary Dylan Jones
and all those who have died by suicide.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide please call
911 or
1-800-273-TALK (8255)