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We Are None of Us Alone


Please forgive the double posting. I felt it this was worth it.

In seven days over 50,000 of you joined an online community offering encouragement and help.

Today (Sunday) at noon hundreds are meeting on the Golden Gate Bridge to take a stand against suicide at the very place where it happens most in the world. (You’re invited, look for the yellow balloons and ribbons).

This hopeful story has received international press coverage including this first report on Time Magazine’s NewFeed.

I haven’t heard from the person who mailed this postcard, but I have heard from many who have felt lifted by this flashmob of kindness.

Blatantly lifted from Post Secret.

I cannot be in San Fransisco today, but I am there in spirit. We are none of us alone. Please, if you’re ever feeling like this is the end, remember that we are all connected. None of us, we are none of us alone.

Call 1(800)SUICIDE [1-800-784-2433] for help, day or night.

Love to each of you, My Pranksters, who remind me that no matter how dark it is, there is always a light.

Please, pass on the message. Twitter is going strong with it #yellowballoons #suicideprevention.

posted under Heavier Things
38 Comments to

“We Are None of Us Alone”

  1. On June 13th, 2010 at 3:29 pm Lauren Says:

    How fitting for today, the first day I have actually felt alive since learning of the death of my love a week ago.
    We are none of us alone. How true.
    *hugs* and LOVE and understanding from someone who cares. <3

  2. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:48 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You know how sorry I am. xoxo

  3. On June 14th, 2010 at 3:21 pm Lauren Says:

    Thank you. It’s harder today than it was yesterday. *sigh* I guess that’s how it goes, isn’t it? One day at a time.

  4. On June 13th, 2010 at 3:57 pm Rebecca Says:

    A friend of my husband (who he hasn’t really seen since high school) committed suicide on Friday. So, so sad. Hopefully whoever said that they plan to jump from the bridge sees the support everyone is sending and is saved.

  5. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:46 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’m so sorry, Rebecca. That’s just awful.

  6. On June 13th, 2010 at 4:06 pm Yellow Balloons « Yummy Sushi Pajamas Says:

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  7. On June 13th, 2010 at 4:46 pm Melissa Says:

    I sure hope this person realizes that depression lies. Thank you Becky for spreading the word.

  8. On June 14th, 2010 at 10:52 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    That’s just it. Depression DOES lie. Brilliantly said. I was trying to put that into words to The Daver and you pegged it. Depression lies.

  9. On June 13th, 2010 at 5:22 pm B Says:

    actually, some of us ARE alone,that’s just how it works out sometimes. what I wondered when I saw this story, is the turn around time so fast on post secret that it came in & was posted before the week was up?

  10. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:50 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    xoxo. I’m so sorry that you feel so alone. We’re all sending you love and light.

  11. On June 13th, 2010 at 5:47 pm CycleNinja Says:

    Much love, Aunt Becky. We <3 you. Hang in there.

  12. On June 13th, 2010 at 5:53 pm Kadye Says:

    I’ll be tweeting all day. I hope the person who sent in the secret sees all of the people who care.

  13. On June 13th, 2010 at 8:14 pm Alex@LateEnough Says:

    Thanks for tweeting/posting this. Because I would’ve missed it. And I agree with the effort. Everyone I know, who at some point was suicidal, has never regretted not being successful. It takes time and hope and caring, but life gets so much better. I hope the author hears this. And maybe a few other people too.

  14. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:50 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    You forget how many people read your words. At least, I do. But this stuff reminds you that we’re all connected.

  15. On June 13th, 2010 at 9:46 pm Foxy Says:

    This story is incredible. I’ve been watching it on FB and twitter. I sincerely hope the sender of this postcard has been paying attention as well and that he/she has changed his/her mind about jumping.

  16. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:50 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I hope that somewhere, someone is listening.

  17. On June 13th, 2010 at 10:37 pm Megan Says:

    I loved this. Everything about it. The support people are showing to those that feel they are in such a dark place. My heart and prayers goes out to them! I’ve had a million yellow balloons in my mind all day!

    Thank Aunt Becky…for helping to spread the word!


  18. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:51 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It’s beautiful. There’s just so much beauty in people.

  19. On June 13th, 2010 at 11:24 pm annon Says:

    I feel like that every day, EVERY FUCKING DAY, but the thought of who I might hurt is more painful than the thought of working through it.

  20. On June 14th, 2010 at 10:48 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’m so sorry you feel that way. I won’t minimize it by saying anything stupid, but I do want you to know that there is a light. People care. *I* care. I’ve been in that dark place too, and I clawed my way back out eventually.

    So many of us have found ourselves in that dark, and the light always manages to find us again. Let us know if you need anything for your journey back into the light.

    xoxo, Prankster. Lots of love.

  21. On June 13th, 2010 at 10:38 pm Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] Says:

    I love you, dude.

  22. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:48 am Katie Says:

    I’ve been dealing with suicidal depression for over 4 years now, It was under a year ago that I finally went to counseling and it has changed my life. Thank you for sharing this, because sometimes all you need is the knowledge that people do care.

  23. On June 14th, 2010 at 10:50 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    When you’re at the bottom of the pit, it’s hard to see anything but the blackness. People, they DO care and so many DO understand. They really, REALLY do. More than you can see when you’re REALLY in the thick of it.

    I’m so glad that you got some counseling and are getting slowly better. I know it’s a process, not an event. Trust me, I understand that. Proud of you. Admitting there’s a problem, that’s tough.


  24. On June 14th, 2010 at 4:21 am Ami Says:

    Aunt Becky – You are one of the most phenomenally amazing human beings I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and I am perpetually amazed by the depth of your compassion. Thank you for this post.

    I too have been there to the black place. Where theres no light and its so heavy you can’t breath and you can’t think and you can’t do anything and you just can’t bear to live like that anymore. But Aunt Becky is right, you’re not there alone and you don’t have to stay there. Even though when you’re in the bottom of the pit you think there is no light and you wonder if light ever really existed I promise that there is light and you can find it again and that you are not alone.

    You are loved. You are special and valuable and wonderful. And I am just one of the many, many people who would love to help you.

    ps- Aunt Becky every time you say you have the emotional range of a stick or some such manure – you need to read this post and every post you’ve ever written about your kids and know you’re completely and totally wrong about that.

  25. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:52 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    There’s always a light. Always.

    And thank you for saying these kind words about me. Sometimes, I forget that my words have meaning, too. xoxo

  26. On June 14th, 2010 at 8:11 am Sam Says:

    My husband lost two friends to suicide within a year and a half and it was horrible. My heart goes out to anyone who has come to such a painful point. I hope anyone who has reached that moment can reach out – there are so many lives touched and people left behind. We miss his friends every day – as do their families. Much love.

  27. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:53 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Suicide is never the answer. Ever. Anyone who has been in that dark place knows that there is a light place too. Where there is dark, there has to be light too. Send your husband my love.


  28. On June 14th, 2010 at 9:21 am Kendra Says:

    What a terrible tragedy. It shatters my heart to think that there is anyone in the world who thinks that there is simply nothing left to live for. Life is not easy, but there is always at least one person who cares. For what it’s worth, I care. Once, when I felt that no one in this world cared, I received a letter from an ex-friend, someone whom I had lost touch with much earlier. That one message, that he saw me disappearing and didn’t want to see it happen to me, made a huge difference. Please know that you are never alone. Never completely.

  29. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:54 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    None of us are alone. We forget that when we hurt, others can touch us, too, just as we touch them.

  30. On June 14th, 2010 at 11:03 am pattypunker Says:

    great photo! and great comments here. you’ve said all the right things, i know because i’ve been there too. you think you’ll never ever see it again, but there is light.

  31. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:55 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    The light is always there. Hidden, sometimes, but always there.

  32. On June 14th, 2010 at 10:07 am Badass Geek Says:

    I hope the power of the Internet can change the mind of the person who made that postcard.

  33. On June 14th, 2010 at 12:54 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    People will be touched. That postcard was a cry for help. I hope that you are right and the sender hears the words of people who DO care.

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  35. On June 14th, 2010 at 1:51 pm Shin Ae Says:

    Good work.

  36. On June 14th, 2010 at 9:13 pm Justme Says:

    Wow, just read through all the comments. To those that are still in that hellhole called depression, I feel your pain. Some of you are going through the EXACT same thing I am and it sucks, period. To those of you that have managed to find a way out: you are an inspiration. Spread the light.

  37. On June 15th, 2010 at 3:56 pm subWOW Says:

    I watched the movie Sunshine Cleaning and I cried throughout, much to my surprise. It touched upon the subject ever so slightly yet in a very deep way.


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