I may have lost my parent, my child, my friend, my spouse, my partner … but I am alive.
I am a survivor of the dark night of unspeakable loss, of my own darkness … and I am alive.
I am unwilling to stand idly by and allow shame to defeat love or silence to defeat action. I stand for the enlightenment of a society that would hide from suicide … and I am alive.
I am unwilling for my perseverance to be in vain. Unwilling for the passing of my loved one to be in shame. I loved them more than I loved myself, and their life will have meaning in my action. I am alive.
In a world blinded by the pursuit of pleasure, I am here to say that people are in pain. In a world rushing to get ahead, I am here to say that people are being left behind. In a world obsessed with the value of the market, I am here to speak for the value of life … and I’m alive
- This will be no quiet fight.
- I am the voice of audacity in the face of apathy.
- I am the spirit of bravery in a world of caution.
- I am a commitment of action in the face of neutrality.
- I am into the light, and I am alive.
Excerpt from Dan Pallotta’s speech at the Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk in Washington DC, 2002