Take Little Steps Of Hope

Little Steps Of Hope

Many people think about suicide at some point in their life, and these thoughts about suicide can reflect the intense pain and sense of desperation that depression can bring. Having these thoughts does not mean you should act on them! A great number of people who attempt or come close to suicide look back with immense gratitude that they did not succeed in taking their own life as their lives, and feelings about their lives improved with help.
During dark times, we can take small steps. There's no hurry. We might think there is, but it's just a thought. We have the power to return our attention to living life with hope, day after day, and proceed step by step. Taking “Little Steps Of Hope” helps us to be fully present in living our lives. Soon we are making quantum leaps.

My name is Rhonda Ramsey and my daughter Melissa completed suicide in 2008. My grandson Blake was 5 years old when my daughter, his mother, died. Blake and I took "Little Steps Of Hope" each and every day. Blake and I now work together as suicide prevention advocates in our community. We want you to walk and take "Little Steps Of Hope" beside us! Read Our Story

If you have a suicide emergency, call 911. Do not put your own life at risk. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there is help available. No matter what problems you are dealing with, and you are feeling suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and you'll be connected to a  crisis center in your area for emotional support, any time, 24/7.


When it comes to suicide prevention, every day matters. A person dies by suicide about every 12.8 minutes in the United States. Every day, approximately 112 Americans take their own life, and every year in Shasta County, about 40 people die by suicide.  For every one of those deaths, there are hundreds of local people – family members, spouses, loved ones, colleagues and friends – who are left to suffer an unnatural grief and to pick up the pieces. I am one of them. I am one of Shasta County’s suicide loss survivors. 

You don't have to be a mental health professional - offering a friendly ear can save a life. Preventing suicide is within everyone's reach. Be alert for talk of hopelessness. Trust your instincts, and always take talk of suicide seriously - it's an invitation to talk. Learn more about suicide prevention here.