I wrote this prayer for a friend’s family member who was feeling suicidal. Later that same day, I found myself in the ER after overdosing on my medication. Without realizing, it was pre-emptively for me too. And now it’s for you if you ever find yourself in a place of needing it.

To feel understood in their pain,

For compassionate people who can truly listen,

For a real safety plan that reduces the vulnerability they and family feel,

For peace during the long wait for mental health services,

For the root of this pain to be addressed and not masked,

And endurance for the road ahead,

These things I pray.