The Globe’s Mark Arsenault has been covering suicide for about a year now,

First was the story of Alexandra Valoras, a teenager who showed every outward sign of success and promise, and then were the stories of six young people from two small towns lost to suicide in 30 months. Sunday, he shared a personal story of trying to understand why a high school friend died of suicide in 1985.

We understand that suicide has affected many in New England, and we’ve created this space for people to share their stories.