"I didn't know that. I knew [Name of Girl who suicided].
She was my friend. I miss her and I wish she had not done this
to herself. But now I understand it better and about what we
speaking to us. I understand suicide better and I wish people
didn't do that."
"I still miss
my friend. But I'm not as sad as before. This will never happen
to me! I know what to do."
"Im real surprised there are so many kids hurting themselves.
But I know that no matter what, it won't be me or any of my friends.
I can help them."
"I looked at
the list of risk factors. Crap! These could be any of my friends!"
"Last year, my friend told me he was thinking about killing
himself but made me promise not to tell anyone. I tried to help
him. But I'm ashamed that I didn't break that promise. He's okay
now. But he could have died and it would have been my fault.
I'm glad you tell us not to keep that promise."
"Dear Mr. Stewart,
thanks a lot for what you are doing. I had big problems and plans
for killing myself. People can be so mean and I thought they
must be right. So I tried to end myself in 7th grade and again
in 8th. My parents were pretty scared. They got me a lot of help
and things are real different now. I'll never do that again but
I didn't know that before. Please keep telling kids about this.
I don't like to bring up what I did. But I know this has to stop.
"I was thinking about what you said. This summer, I saw
a guy from my school who was always alone. Sort of weird, we
thought. I thought he was a candidate for doing something bad
to himself so I went over to talk with him. Just talk. Now we
are good friends and he knows he has friends."
"It's got to
stop and we can make it stop. Thanks for telling us things we
can do to keep kids [who are] in danger of going over the edge."
"My older sister has tried to kill herself 4 times already.
Thanks for talking about this. I'm really scared for her and
my mom. I [used to be] scared this would be me, too. Now I'm
more sure it won't. Please keep telling people about what we
"There is this
girl from my school who has already tried to kill herself twice.
Very strange. Not popular at all. But we were thinking about
what you said. So me and my friend asked her to hang with us
at a concert in the park. Nothing special. We just talked with
her the same as we talk to everyone. But she was included. Now
we are all good friends and she's not strange any more. She acts
different now and if she ever starts to think she will harm herself
again, she still knows we care about her."
"I am 17 years
old and already I have been to 8 funerals of people I know. This
week it is another boy at my school who committed suicide."
"My son is 15 and I'm scared to death for him. He was bullied
so bad at school he can't go there any more. He stays in his
room all the time and won't talk to me. He only wears black clothes
and dyed his hair black and talks about dead things. My pastor
won't talk to him and the school he went to says they can't help
us. What else can I do?" [Texas; phone call off our website]
the words of encouragement. It helps knowing someone else has
gone through this. My son [age 14] killed himself 4 months ago
and I cry all the time." [California; email through our
[age 16] hung herself while I was at work and I found her when
I got home. There is no way to express the grief. I just want
to be with her again all the time." [Tennessee; phone call
through our website]
"You are doing
God's work, Steve. I had no idea how young this could happen.
Then my 7 year old daughter said, 'Mommy, I think I want to kill
myself." I'm glad someone is out there talking about all
this. Please keep doing this." [Illinois; phone call from
I have been reading
your articles on your website and I saw your videos. I'm so sorry
for your personal loss. It makes me so angry when I read about
the young lives lost and unwillingness of those who will not
help. You should be speaking every single day on this. [Email
from parent/reader on the website]
talking to our youth group and some parents, Steve. I think this
went over very well. Maybe we can ask you back sometime? [Pastor