This shirt is a physical, visual reminder for those of us struggling, for those who have struggled, and for those who care about folks who struggle: Stay. Hold on for one more minute, then one more day, a week, a month, a year. Keep holding on. Hold on until you can safely loosen your grip and just be. Stay. You’re not alone. We’re here with you.
It’s not only a reminder. It’s a conversation piece. If we’re going to change public attitudes and work toward saving the 41,000 lives lost to suicide in the U.S. every year, we need to talk openly about suicide, without fear or shame. When someone asks what the shirt’s all about, tell ’em! The more open we can be, the more we can have productive conversations, the more we can effect change.