September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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Lindsay Lyons

My story of gun violence happened recently, in July 2018. While shopping on a Saturday afternoon, a series of gunshots started a three-hour hostage situation in a Trader Joe’s supermarket.

While hiding, fearing for my life — I meditated. An activity I had been doing on and off for a little over two years at the time. I didn’t “think” about meditating, I just found myself using it to calm my mind and body, and find peace in a situation that felt completely out of my control.

Today, I am so thankful that I had given myself a tool — and that in that moment I instinctually knew to call on it.

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