This is Heather. One year ago today, Heather’s best friend, Jared, took his own life. But you’ll notice the card doesn’t say “suicide prevention.” It says “suicide survival.” The day before I gave this speech, Heather was released from the hospital after being treated for two weeks. She tried to overdose and was saved by a stranger.
In the memory of Jared, I hope one day I can return this card to you, Heather. Persevere through your own struggles. Show others the way. Earn it back.