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The All-Weather Friend page on suicide will be a forum where you can share stories and blogs, suggest ways to support friends and loved ones who are coping with this circumstance, ask questions and connect with a sympathetic community. To send suggestions and tips, use the form below. For stories and blogs, please use "Share" (third tab, top navigation bar) or email mary@allweatherfriend.com. Thanks for visiting—We'd love to hear from you!

 
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A message from Mary: At the risk of stepping back too squarely into past pain, I've added a few new All-Weather Friend pages that I can moderate for the time being because of my personal background in these situations. While I'm working on the page, here is a brief passage from a long article I wrote about friendship (and how faith can sometimes be found in the darkest of times), which gives a sense of my own experience with suicide:

On a cold clear Sunday evening when sidewalks and streets were edged in grimy crusts of snow, I had found my husband in his office. The hospital corridors were almost vacant that night, and my footsteps echoed on the linoleum floors as I walked quickly past elevators, locked clinics and unlit labs to a back wing, sequestered by an electronic access that swung open and closed with a sharp clap. I knew Wayne was dead the instant I cracked his office door and slipped inside. Wild frantic screams rose within me, screams I could not control. My legs gave way and I huddled against the wall with my eyes tightly shut. I screamed over and over, unable to stop, as though I had been shoved off a cliff. . .
— Mary Cail, from "The Moment When Everything Changed"