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Church video 'Choose to Stay' offers hope for those considering suicide

A new video released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides a personal perspective of a young man grappling with thoughts of suicide and the hope that comes from choosing to lean on his family, prayer and medical professionals for healing.

"Somewhere between my new dark existence and all those beautiful moments I'd experienced in the past, I forgot something," says a young man in the video. "I didn't have to stay alone."

The video is the latest in a series produced by the Church to provide better understanding and resources for those who may be experiencing — or who may know someone experiencing — suicidal thoughts. Further resources can be found at suicide.lds.org.

The video's message, while hopeful and uplifting, doesn't overshadow the difficult reality that burdens those with contemplating suicide.

"The pain doesn't fully go away, but as time goes on, I choose to stay hopeful," the young man says in the video.

The video concludes with a reminder that light can be found even in the darkness and encourages those who are struggling to find joy and to lean on those close to them.

"You can choose to stay, too," he says.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK.

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