People who were once suicidal have shared uplifting photos of themselves to show how their lives improved.
Author Matt Haig, who once tried to take his own life 20 years ago, asked people to share photos of themselves and messages that might help others.
Haig, who has 336,000 followers, wrote on Twitter: & # 39; If you almost died of suicide like me and are happy not to do so, it would be great to send a photo or message here to hope others hope to give. As many as possible will retweet. & # 39;
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Matt Haig, who has written best-selling books Notes from a Nervous Planet, How To Stop Time and Reasons to Stay, asked his 336,000 followers to share stories of hope if they were happy that a suicide attempt had not been successful
Thousands of people have liked his request made yesterday on World Suicide Prevention Day, and hundreds have since shared their own hopeful stories about how they once tried suicide, but that it had since improved for them.
Many shared happy events that they thought they would never see, including falling in love and having children.
@hopetweets_ wrote: & # 39; if I had successfully ended my own life, I would never have seen my best friend get married or met the love of my life. there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there is much more to come. this too will pass. & # 39;
@catwrightprfam wrote: & # 39; I first tried to take my own life at the age of 8, the 2nd time at the age of 12, the 3rd time at the age of 16, the 4th at the age of 21 and my most recent attempt at the age of 24.
Now at the age of 33 I share my story with everyone in the hope that I can help people. & # 39;
@ klode_stark182 said that abuse had led her to consider death by suicide. She wrote: & # 39; I survived three attempts to take my own life and lived with my offender for 19 years. Now I have a healthy relationship, I take care of myself and fight every day. There is real light at the end of the tunnel, we can ask for help. & # 39;
@JoHitchin wrote about her own fight against depression and shared a smiling recent photo of herself with her partner and child: & I was diagnosed with depression when I was 17. I spent a year in the fetal position, crying. I spent about 10 years depressed, suicide. Had a few suicide attempts … survived. So happy that I did, happier than ever. I found strength and light in the darkness. Keep holding xxx
Others said that nature and travel had helped them prevent depression. @slooterman wrote: & # 39; I have been walking so much since I tried [suicide] that my walking shoes fell apart & # 39 ;.
In July, Haig, author of the best-selling books, Notes from a Nervous Planet, How To Stop Time and Reasons to Stay, shared how his life had changed over the decades since his own suicide attempt.
The video, posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram account, captures men and women as they read heart-wrenching messages, such as messages sent to Shout by people in need.
The Sussex Instagram account shared a photo of a couple and wrote: & # 39; This World Day for Suicide Prevention, we want to spread the available support far and wide to ensure that nobody goes through a crisis alone. & # 39;
Just a few hours later, the Sussex Instagram account shared a photo of a couple who encouraged followers to text William's crisis service. Harry and Meghan can be seen at the Lion King premiere in July
He wrote: & # 39; 20 years ago I almost died of suicide in Ibiza. I knew I had no future. I knew that I would never be happy again. Today I am in France. With family. And dog. Enchanted. I live. I'm happy. That might not exist in the future. The impossible happens through life. & # 39;
Yesterday, on World Suicide Prevention Day, the Sussexes and Cambridges joined forces to encourage followers with psychological problems to seek help.
Kensington Palace today unveiled a powerful video on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day – with Prince William & # 39; s national text crisis service Shout.
The video posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram account, captures men and women as they read heart-wrenching messages, such as messages sent to the service by people in need.
In the short clip, eight men and women share the stories of people who struggle with suicidal thoughts, break up, depression and self-harm.
And only a few hours later the Sussex Instagram account shared a photo of a couple, encouraged followers to text William's crisis service & # 39; and wrote: & # 39; This World Day for Suicide Prevention we want to spread the support available far and wide to ensure that no one is alone crisis goes.
& # 39; Use or share the accounts below today or on a specific day with a friend, colleague or even a complete stranger who may be suffering – because wherever you are, you are not alone & # 39 ;.
The campaign comes one day after Prince William, who helped set up the service, revealed that he hopes to train as a volunteer for Shout.
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