Utah mother starts company to help prevent suicide

ST. GEORGE (ABC4 Utah) - A Southern Utah woman has taken her experience of abuse and suicidal thoughts, turning them into a business to help others.

"Hello Amber, we'd like to order the mirror decals ..." Amber Murray reads her emails. She's been getting a lot of these lately. From high schools, to Chick-fil-a, to Dixie State University.

"I'm thinking like: How incredible," said Murray, Founder of "See your Strength". 

But thing weren't always so incredible.  It was only four year ago that, after years of abuse, Murray, a mother of four, wanted to take her life. 

"I didn't feel I was worthy anymore, and I genuinely thought, if I killed myself, my kids would be better off," said Murray.

She called a friend asking them to come over and take the bullets from the gun. 

"The next morning, when I woke up, I looked at myself in the mirror and I thought: this is not me. This does not even look like me; I don't recognize myself. This isn't who I want to be, and there was a bar of soap right there, so I picked up the soap and the first thing I wrote was: step into your life."

Amber started 'See Your Strength': mirror decals to remind people they are worthy, as well as the number for the suicide hotline.

Desert Hills High School is one of the many schools that has put the decals in all of their bathrooms. 

"When I started seven years ago I would talk to three or four kids who are suicidal we were made aware of here at school, and now this is a weekly thing," said Justin Keate, Vice Principal of Desert Hills High School. 

"Kids go to school and they walk in the bathroom and they're having a really hard time and we have dozens and dozens of kids attempting suicide every week across the state and they walk in and they see a message and for that one second maybe it touches them the same way it touched me, and it could stop something or they could decide to reach out for help," said Murray. 

"A simple hello, a simple smile can change a kid so a small positive message for a student who's struggling reads and latches onto that ... if that gets him through the next moment, through the next day, then it's the right thing for sure," said Keate. 

"I could have ended my life, and I wouldn't have been able to help other people, I don't know, it's just ... it's overwhelming," said Murray.

Requests for the decals are  growing - with a variety of messages. Head to SeeYourStrength.com where she shares her story and inspirational statements.

The Utah Department of Health would like to remind Utahns that suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help, there's the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.

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