To You Out There..

If you “comforted” yourself with dark intentions last night, we are speaking to you out there.

If your problems always lead to thinking about the end, we are speaking to you out there.

If you’ve become more connected to the thoughts in your head, than the world around you, we are speaking to you out there.

If you’re longing for someone to see you, but you run at every opportunity, we are speaking to you out there.

If you understand life from a place of loss, we are speaking to you out there.

If your world is built of barriers and isolation, we are speaking to you there.

If the walls of your mind echo, almost solely with the sounds of your own grief and panic, we are speaking to you out there.

We see you. We know you. We are you.

The “fix” is nothing but a lie in your mind

A spool of dark thread that’s wrapped itself around the light of your mind and is pulling the lid shut


Now turn and you will see us all, standing there next to you, with tears of recognition rolling down our faces.

You are NOT ALONE.

The lies in your mind are just a dark song with cruel lyrics.

And here you are now, surrounded by a band of warriors who bear the scars of recognition and who sing your true song.

One of truth, one of community, one of sorrow and validation.

One of honor, one of the losses and sacrifices

One of your right to be heard and YOUR RIGHT TO BE HERE

The Code 9 Project (929)244-9911

Published by thecode9project

The Code 9 Project is a national nonprofit whose mission is to educate, train and advocate for the prevention of First Responder PTSD and suicide.

5 thoughts on “To You Out There..

  1. Ups and downs over the years but I have made progress. I’ve learned from my mistakes and realize I have to make a daily effort to stay on the path of healing and peace. Grateful for an amazing support system of family, Code 9 and Save a Warrior! Very blessed even though at times it’s hard to see it. Sometimes I just got to take it one day at a time and getting through the day is a win. I don’t want to be a statistic, a number or leave the ones I love in pain and shock. I don’t want my children to ever think suicide is the answer because I gave in to my demons. We are stronger together and we are not alone!


  2. I’m looking for insight on helping a friend that is a retired Sheriff that fell off the wagon last week and fell hard. He’s a great guy but an evil, angry drunk that can’t stop. I stayed with him all night last night to sober him up, I’ve never seen someone change like that in my life. We was pretty low and talked about ending it but I got him through that. I’m not a first responder and can’t relate to his demons at all but I want to know how to keep helping him and notice the signs of when he’s going over the cliff.


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