Tonya Farrens is a suicide survivor. About 2 1/2 years ago, her dad took his own life.
In this episode of Happiness in Progress, Tonya and I talked about the emotions that came with that and what it took to learn to cope and feel okay again.
Now – Tonya is doing something incredible to not only honor her dad, but to help people who are suffering. It’s called the Bringing Back Happy Experience. It’s a big Las Vegas-style concert with the goal of giving people a chance to step out of themselves and feel good. We’ll talk all about the event in the episode and how Tonya’s hoping it will make a difference.
As part of the event, Tonya is trying to get 50 marquees nationwide to feature the words “you are not alone” – that’s one for every state. If you have a connection with a theatre, bank, school reach out to Tonya.
This is a really powerful conversation about suicide. I know listening to conversations like this can be hard, but I believe you’ll come out of this feeling a little more equipped to either support a friend in need or to get that support yourself.
If you’re in need of help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255.