My name is Katie and I have battled with #suicidalthoughts since the age of 9. Now that I have a 9 year old daughter of my own, I think about what I needed to hear as a 9 year old girl myself.

When I look back to being 9, everything in the world felt so certain and so very clear. The answers to grown-up's questions seemed obvious - I thought adults were pretty stupid and so blind to what was right in front of them.

Now that I am an adult, I have to agree with my 9 year old self. When did life get so complicated? At what age did we stop looking at the obvious solutions right in front of us and all around us.

Today I wanted to share my thoughts and experience with #suicide .

As a #suicidalchild , and later both a #suicidalteenager and #suicidaladult, I have developed many strategies to keep myself alive. Some days are easy, and on others it comes with great struggle to make it through the day alive.

I don't need to tell you which problems are feeling insurmountable on any given day, and you don't have to tell me yours. The pain is the same. The grief is the same. The laying on the floor, hiding in a closet, or in a ball under the table crying ... you are not the only one feeling like this.