"WE BELIEVE IN LIFE OVER SUICIDE!"
As a non-profit organization, Alive On Purpose is uniquely positioned to positively affect the lives of the communities we serve especially in the areas of suicide prevention, grief support, and character development.
I WILL NOT DIE BY SUICIDE BECAUSE, I MATTER! -AOP 2018
WE ARE A COMMUNITY FIGHTING TO LIVE, MORE THAN WE DESIRE TO DIE!
"WE BELIEVE SUICIDE CAN BE PREVENTED!"
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SUICIDE
OUR EXPERIENCES TAUGHT US
It is estimated that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Suicide attempts and suicidal ideation are far more common; for example, the number of suicide attempts may be up to 20 times the number of deaths by suicide.
It is estimated that about 5% of persons attempt suicide at least once in their life and that the lifetime prevalence of suicidal ideation in the general population is between 10% and 14%. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world and over the last years rates have increased by 60% in some countries. The psychological and social impact of suicide on the family and community is enormous. Furthermore, the economic costs associated with self-inflicted death or injuries are estimated to be in the billions of US dollars a year.
I remember lying in the bed with a plastic bag and a razor trying to figure out which was the quickest and least painful way to exit this earth. I began to find ways to leave this earth because life to me was unbearable. At a young age I did not understand the concept of this too shall pass, rather I felt like the rest of my life would be just like what I had already experienced. I mean who would actually be able to bounce back from such traumatic experiences.
I certainly did think that it was possible! However there was something on the inside of me that desired to see the other side, to see what could actually happen if I lived. I wanted to see if things would change and that hope was exactly what kept me alive. So I challenge you to discover the courage, the strength, the tenacity, and the fight to push through LIFE with all that you have and reach the other side of this obstacle ALIVE with Purpose!
~LaToyia Jones (Founder) @alivetoyia