The second leading cause of death among ages 10-24 is suicide

21 veterans commit suicide a day

On average 130 people commit suicide a day

Currently Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States

Suicide claimed the lives of 47,500 people in 2019
During February 21–March 20, 2021, suspected suicide attempt ED visits were 50.6% higher among girls aged 12–17 years than during the same period in 2019; among boys aged 12–17 years, suspected suicide attempt ED visits increased 3.7%

Sometimes I’m at loss of words when it comes to talking about suicide. Being a suicide survivor is something I’m INCREDIBLY thankful for, but talking about going through just even one attempt can still be very painful at times.

Coming out of that darkness has taken a lot of work and it’s very possible to stay out of it.

Taking that step and finding the courage to ask for help isn’t easy, but the fight is well worth it!

Even though this month has a label of National Suicide Prevention Month we can make it National Every Single Day Suicide Prevention.

Let’s continue to come together as a community and support each other, encourage each other, educate each other, love each other, listen to each other, fight for each other, and continue raising awareness every single day https:// https://

I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot that I’ve been wanting to bring to life for quite some time. It represents living with mental illnesses/mental health issues. Check out the gallery and the story behind this shoot.

We’re very excited about the release of Something Beautiful The Music Within compilation album! Click the link below and it will take you to where you need to go. Enjoy!

I’ve partnered with YES! Youth Eastside Services a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth and their families. I’m very excited to be working with them and am thankful for what they do for our youth.

Why & How

Something Beautiful was started to raise awareness for suicide, prevention, and mental health issues. As a suicide survivor it’s very exciting to see Something Beautiful continue to grow and to be able to continue to raise even more awareness.

I used to be so desperate to die and not cause any more pain to everyone around me.  My last suicide attempt was horrific and I was discharged from the hospital with deep cuts in both my wrists.  At first, I was so ashamed and embarrassed of these deep healing cuts in my wrists. I knew when people saw them, they would immediately know what happened.  After some time, I finally realized that these scars are beautiful and a reminder that I survived.

I decided to call the organization Something Beautiful because I fully believe so much beauty can come from so much pain.  I want people to see it’s okay to struggle with mental health issues and that there is hope.

Thank you for your support as we attempt to reach as many people as we can.

Julie Baird

Photo by Cody Gray
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