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Intervention?

By Carolina Sonshine on 08/18/14 15:05
Charlotte Observer
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“That even if you aren’t texting, your cell phone can still cause accidents.  Your family is so strong and Brian’s story has already impacted me more than you would think.  <3 Thank you!

 

 

 

Also, I have been suicidal + cutting for a while now but I’ve been getting better but Brian’s story made me even more confident in wanting to continue to live and enjoy life while it lasts…”

 

 

 

After my life was shattered into millions of jagged pieces, destroyed in ways I never imagined possible, I, too, straddled the edge of darkness, drawn close by the siren songs drifting up from the depths of the abyss…  Did I ever consider giving in to the demons of depression and despair?  Absolutely…and yet I didn’t…  I was (and still am) blessed to have a loving family, caring friends and an abiding faith...

 

 

 

For me, finding purpose and taking action also helped to silence the voices crying out of the dark…

 

 

 

When I read those words scrawled across the bottom of a survey Tuesday morning, my heart stuttered and skipped several beats… What incredible pain must this child be feeling to cut themselves and possibly think their life isn’t worth living?

 

 

 

Thankfully, for the first time in months I was actually reading the commentary and compiling the statistics from this class the day after presenting…

 

 

 

Thankfully, the student signed their name at the end of the page...

 

 

 

My unwavering goal each time I share Brian’s Story is persuade one person to make a better choice about using phones while driving…  It never occurred to me (before now) that it could be about something more…a different sort of decision…

 

 

 

Although I had the student’s name, I didn’t have any contact information-I had no way to reach out or follow up.  So I did the only logical thing: I called the instructor.

 

 

 

I explained what was written on the survey, my concerns about it and asked him to contact the student’s family, as I didn’t know how or I would do it myself.

 

 

 

He assured me he would handle it.

 

 

 

I’ve spent the last few days wondering…  Did I betray this teen’s confidence by notifying the teacher?  I’ve convinced myself it was the right thing to do, that this teen was reaching out to me; after all, they decided to tell me their name… 

 

 

 

Maybe it was an overreaction on my part, maybe not.  I’ve read those sentences many times and I always come to the same conclusion: my concern is for this teen’s safety and well-being…  I want to be sure they have the care and support they need to heal and be well…

 

 

If I had the chance to speak with this student face to face, after giving them a big hug I would explain that I’d rather they be angry with me about my disclosure than risk them fighting this battle alone…  No matter what they are facing or going through, they do not have to do it by themselves.

 

 

 

More than anything, I want them to live…

 

 

 

 

 

Need help? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

 

 

More information? Go to:  www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

 

 

 
 

Wishing you blessings and hope…

 

 

 

Tammy will update her blog weekly…

 

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