This is something that is a touchy subject however this is also something that is becoming an epidemic in our communities. With the technology available to everyone and the threat of bullying and online predators the threat never leaves even when you get home. It is imperative as parents and family members to be aware and cognizant of changes in behaviors and attitudes.
We as a society have labeled depression as something bad and something to be ashamed of and really it isn’t. For centuries depression has been a problem, however with the media and technology now we are more aware of the impact it has on us as a whole. I am a very fortunate woman to not have had to deal with this personally however I do know some close friends that have and it is DEVASTATING!!!!
In the last month, we in our community have had 2 kids commit suicide at our local school. These are our babies and they needed help however they didn’t feel they could speak to anyone about their problems. I am personally on a mission now to bring awareness to everyone that I can to inform them there are resources available to everyone. Yes, I am a nosy parent and I ask a lot of questions to my children on everything. Do I always like the answers? NO…. Do I judge? NO, I really try to be on the fence and offer my advice to what my almost 40 years have taught me. We talk to our children and offer that there are options available to anyone.
Please know that if you are feeling this way please reach out to someone because you matter! You are special and you have an impact and life IS better with you in it. Never for once let someone tell you any better you are a gift and you matter to everyone.
I for one have not had a perfect life I have a pretty less than stellar childhood however not once did Suicide ever come into my thoughts. You want to know why? I knew I would make a difference in someone’s life and I knew deep down I have a purpose.
There are multiple resources available to you here are a few:
National Suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255
Please! You Matter! You are Loved!