When I read headlines about celebrities who have died by suicide, my first emotion isn’t sadness. It’s recognition — a gut-level click of understanding. My first thought? “I get it, friend.”  

Is it not kosher to say that in public? Good. All the more reason to tell the truth. Given the rising suicide rates, it’s more important than ever before to spark an honest dialogue — to normalize words like, “I feel desperate. I want to die.”

So, are you guys ready to rip out the seams and lay bare the truth about suicidal ideation? Cool.

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This article by Cyndy Etler originally appeared on SheKnows.com