By Kay Boothe

Messenger Editor

You are not alone. 1-800-273-8255. It’s a saying that has been pushed both on television (the Grammy’s) and social media. This is for those of you that are not really into awards shows and don’t “do” social media let me educate you to part of this “movement.” 1-800-273-8255. This is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a number you can call when you are weary. When you are so bone-tired from life that you just can’t take it any more. 1-800-273-8255. The people on the other end of this number will listen. They know nothing of your life, your circumstance or your reputation. They will not judge you. They will help lighten your burden.

There are times in life that it seems that no solution can be found. There is always a solution. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees. That’s ok. Others can. 1-800-273-8255. Sometimes, as we get older, it becomes difficult to talk to others. We have a reputation to uphold. We don’t want to be a bother to our family/friends/church. There are a plethora of reasons for the feelings of loneliness, even in a crowded room. But, it is important to know, you are not alone. 1-800-273-8255.

It’s cathartic to talk to someone. Share your fears and worries. Even share your shame if need be. 1-800-273-8255. And sometimes it’s easier to talk with someone outside your circle, someone without “skin on the game”. 1-800-273-8255

We all know the lines “Snap out of it,” “Fake it ’til you make it” or even “Get over it,” all well and good for people not suffering from depression to say. 1-800-273-8255. Those suffering from depression want nothing more than to be out of it. They just can’t find their way. 1-800-273-8255. Call that number. They have a way.

You are not alone – the devastation left behind, forever, is evidence of that. If you are tired, if you are tired of the pain, reach out. Catch the lifeline. 1-800-273-8255. There is so much joy to be had in this world. It is there for all. All life is precious – including yours. You are not alone.