Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, dead by suicide at age 31.
Joseph King

A Tribute to Amy Bleul: Thank you for your story……and thank you for ours!

When I think of suicide, I think of the darkest moments in my life when I no longer had the will to live. Yet, I didn’t have it in me to follow through. Unfortunately 44,193 Americans die each year from suicide.

Amy Bleuel changed the conversation worldwide concerning suicide. She brought awareness to the forefront and somewhere along the way, she lost herself. Countless lives were saved because of her work and we will always be forever grateful to her for helping to make it possible for millions to continue their own stories.

Amy, your memory will live on through your work and I will always light a candle for you during this, the very sad week, when your story was cut tragically short.

To Amy’s family, there are no easy answers as to why and maybe there are not supposed to be. Take comfort in the fact that she is no longer hurting in silence. Her silence was broken with her death and all the tears that are being cried today. Please know how valued she was and will always be. Thank you for having such an amazing child.

To all of the rest of us, let’s continue to keep suicide in the conversation. The more education that people are exposed to, the better the chance at an intervention before a death. So much more can be done. Let’s do this together, for Amy.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741–741.