I dont want to come off sounding cold-hearted or disrespectful, so please excuse me if I do, it's not intentional. First I am a survivor of a suicide attempt. I spent time in a psych ward & I am still living the nightmare. Like many others, I have family that does not even want to bring it up & offers no support, I have people around me who look down on me & I am alone in this. I'm all for suicide prevention. I am all for those who have survived losing loved ones receiving support (I lost my cousin last sept). A local man who lost a family member to suicide started up this massive project in an attempt to raise awareness about suicide & bring together those that have lost loved ones. The project is wonderful. I totally support it. However... they do raise a lot of encouragement towards reaching out for help for those that have a mental illness or are suicidal. That's good but at the same time I feel like they dont really, truly realize why people dont ask for help, especially those that have already been through treatment. For myself treatment was horrible...it was abusive & I will never be able to forget. Again the project is great but Im angry at the fact they think that treatment is a great thing to seek & that you will get better...especially locally the psychward is an abusive mess & the programs are very hard to get into. Part of me wants to write him & let him know that they make it sound easy when really they have no idea. Opening up about suicide is great but our mental health system is dangerous at times. Again like many others I live with after effects and in fear of going thru that hell-ridden experience again I keep my mouth shut. I feel bad for those left behind but I also understand why a lot of us stay hidden. I understand why it's scary to seek out help & how hard it is to stay above water when you have limited or no support. Am I against others getting help? No. If you can find good help take it. If you others will support you take it. But I HATE when people who push us to get help dont understand what can happen. Sometimes it makes it worse. How about listening & helping us before it gets to that point.