A Gift For Youth At Risk
Every 18 minutes, someone takes his or her own life.
The most recent data from the CDC reports that of those, 4,360 are just kids, ages 10 – 24.
That’s an average of 12 children a day.
I personally spent the better part of my childhood and adolescence under an impossibly oppressive and ruthlessly debilitating depression. I didn’t know it at the time of course. To me, that was my “normal.” It was my reality nearly every single moment of my young life.
I didn’t know how to articulate it. I didn’t know how to ask for help. I only knew life hurt.
Lucky for me, my father did know how to articulate it and at 16, not a moment too early, I was receiving treatment.
Back in the 70’s and early 80’s, we hardly went around with our parents asking us “how do you feel sweetheart?” or “do you want to share with mommy/daddy what’s bothering you honey?”
Thankfully, today, things are different.
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The unique courage, determination, vision and passion founder Jaime Tworkowski and his team demonstrate are second only to the apparent thousands of young lives that are inevitably touched as a result.
When I visited their website for the first time, I was instantly 14 again. I was no longer different…no need to be ashamed. I was no longer alone. Thank you, thank, you, thank you that today, young people can find this kind of help.
Check it out. Even if you don’t know anyone at risk, you’ll not be the same once you learn of this group.
Hull, L. (2012). A Gift For Youth At Risk. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 13, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/laughter/2012/04/a-gift-for-youth-at-risk/