Estoy Aqui means “I am here” in Spanish
In other words, Estoy Aquí para Ti, Tú Estás Aquí para Mí – I Am Here for You, You are Here for Me. If I had Estoy Aqui when I was younger, it could have prevented a lot of guilt and shame from settling in my heart. You see, I thought all of this was my fault. If I had Estoy Aqui, my suicidal thoughts could have been validated along with my humanity, and I would have understood that there are multiple dimensions to mental health and healing.
Estoy Aqui means I am Curious because I Care
Suicide is the language of pain. We can translate this language by listening to understand and by continuing to ask questions. In a community, we can find ways to compassionately interrupt feelings that keep us isolated and, hopefully, get to define our own experiences.
Estoy Aqui means Sigo Aqui, I Am Still Here
Estoy Aqui is also my declaration to the world that symbolizes a deeper affirmation: Sigo Aquí, I Am Still Here. I have resisted empowering my suicidal thoughts because I belong to a community I know will be available to me with the knowledge and skills to sustain me.