Suicide is a silent epidemic that doesn’t discriminate based on age, gender, socioeconomic level, education, religious or spiritual beliefs, or ethnicity. Natalie was a well-rounded young lady who had a great chat, good grades, tons of friends, was involved in sports, and loved music and art. But gradually, her behavior changed, and she became sad and more isolated, eventually turning to self-harm. Her parents noticed the changes, but it was too late. Natalie took her life, leaving behind an incomprehensible loss.

Ironically, the days before Natalie’s death were filled with forward-thinking plans, like getting her driver’s license and painting her room. But her suicide left her parents devastated and grappling with their loss. However, her parents didn’t let their grief consume them. Instead, they channeled their energy towards continuing Natalie’s mission of giving people a voice who didn’t have a voice. Thus, Natalie’s Light was born.

The mission of Natalie’s Light is to prevent suicide through awareness, bringing people together with resources to help them find purpose and let them know they matter. The group aims to tackle the moral injury that occurs after trauma, including war trauma, sexual trauma, bullying, and cyberbullying, which can affect individuals in their unique way. Suicide is preventable up to a certain point, and it’s essential to break barriers and talk to those who are struggling. Natalie’s Light believes that if you reach out to someone and let them know you care, you could potentially save a life.

Natalie’s parents are determined to continue their daughter’s mission, and they believe that she is still working through the group and guiding them to reach others. With Natalie’s Light, they want to make a difference and prevent other families from experiencing the same devastating loss. It’s been almost a year and a half since Natalie’s passing, and her legacy continues to inspire and encourage people to speak up and seek help.

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