Daniel Somers, Gawker
The fact is, for as long as I can remember my motivation for getting up every day has been so that you would not have to bury me. As things have continued to get worse, it has become clear that this alone is not a sufficient reason to carry on. The fact is, I am not getting better, I am not going to get better, and I will most certainly deteriorate further as time goes on. From a logical standpoint, it is better to simply end things quickly and let any repercussions from that play out in the short term than to drag things out into the long term.
A heart-wrenching letter from a soldier to his family, written shortly before he took his own life. This needs to serve as a major wake-up call to our governments that we are not doing enough to help those who suffer from mental illnesses. Nobody should ever have to feel this way.