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As you will see on the front page the brave Jess Pur­due has shared her story about her past boyfriend tak­ing his life seven years ago.

She also shared that in eight years 12 peo­ple she has known have died from sui­cide.

That is sim­ply too heart wrench­ing to hear.

To put sui­cide on a na­tional scale in per­spec­tive, at the bot­tom of the South Is­land and the top of the North, there is 579 pairs of empty shoes to rep­re­sent the amount of sui­cides in 2016.

It’s so easy to feel dis­con­nected from some­thing so horrific when we are pre­sented with a num­ber, but see­ing all of those empty shoes should hit home for a lot of us.

Most of us will be di­rectly or in-di­rectly af­fected by some­one who has taken their life. I don’t have an an­swer other than be kind to one an­other. Tell your friends and fam­ily you love them and are think­ing about them.

Some­times all it takes is pick­ing up the phone or send­ing a text. It might not mean much to you but it might mean the world to them.

– Ryan

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