How To Help Suicide Attempt Survivors, From Those Who Have Been There


By Kimberly Zapata The first time I tried to take my life, I was 17 years old. No one knew. I wrote a note and made a plan, bought a bottle of pills, and ingested them en masse, swallowing two, three, and four at a time. While I became ill, spending the next 36 hours … Continue reading How To Help Suicide Attempt Survivors, From Those Who Have Been There

On Being a Parent With Suicidal Thoughts


By Kimberly Zapata It is just after 6 a.m. when the sunlight reaches my bedroom. It sneaks in — slipping between a thin, vertical crack in our curtains — and rouses me from my sleep. I take a long, deep breath: the warmth of the day fills my mouth, my throat, and my lungs. But when … Continue reading On Being a Parent With Suicidal Thoughts

Chester Bennington’s Death — And The Conversation We Should Be Having


By Kimberly Zapata I read the headline with shock and disbelief: dead? Chester Bennington — the lead singer of Linkin Park — was dead? He couldn’t be. I mean, he is (well, he was) the voice of my childhood. It was Linkin Park and Bennington which carried me through the long, angst-ridden days of adolescence, and the lonely, anxiety-ridden nights. … Continue reading Chester Bennington’s Death — And The Conversation We Should Be Having

4 Myths About Suicide That Survivors Want You To Understand


By Kimberly Zapata The first time I tried to kill myself I was 17 years old. I wrote a note and made a plan. I bought a bottle of pills (and a bottle of Coke) and I began executing said plan. But after swallowing several dozen capsules, things got fuzzy. The next 36 hours were a blur … Continue reading 4 Myths About Suicide That Survivors Want You To Understand