Not everyone is as lucky as Benjamin. If the man had not reached out to him, Benjamin would not be alive. At that moment on the bridge a lifeline was extended to an individual who was feeling hopeless and helpless. The message that resonates with me is how important it is to stay connected to our friends and that it’s okay to make new ones. It’s okay to help a stranger. Minding your own business is not an option when it comes to saving a life. Suicide is almost always a result of an underlying illness, depression. People who are suffering from depression need support, need desperately to feel connected, even if they disconnect. Let’s make a conscious effort to stay connected.

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