From the National Runaway Safeline: Lindsey's Story

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A serious looking young woman.

In observance of National Suicide Prevention Month, the National Runaway Safeline is running stories about people affected by suicide. A member of the hotline's staff shared how a chance encounter with a friend made him the last person to see her alive:

I got on a bus to head home, and as it rolled down the street, it stopped to pick up more passengers. On one of those stops, a girl got on, and I caught a look at her face. It was Lindsey, and I immediately got excited.

Lindsey and I were both involved in the same performing arts company. I always admired her skill and presence onstage, even at a young age. She had joined the company at the age of 18, but she had already built a reputation for her abilities. She was a professional, and her personality belied her age. She was subdued, almost stoic in how she held herself. She was perfectly friendly, just not the most effusive personality.

I got excited because I rarely saw her out in public, outside of rehearsal. I did not get very many chances to speak with her one on one, so I wanted to connect with her. “Lindsey! Hey, it’s Tony,” I said, “How are you?” She saw me, walked over, and sat next to me. I smiled broadly as she looked at me.

We chatted briefly. She said that she had come from a bar where she had a few drinks. I could tell that she was telling the truth because her speech was slurring slightly. This was unusual for her because I had not known her to drink often. She appeared to be in good spirits, and I was happy to see her and be able to speak with her.

Read the rest of the post. The National Runaway Safeline is the Family and Youth Services Bureau's national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.

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