This week is National Suicide Prevention Week.
Much as I hate admitting it, I’ve been there. Been so close I could look over the edge. Thankfully, I had someone close enough to take my hand and help me step back. Unfortunately, not everyone struggling with depression is so lucky.
The saddest part about it is that helping isn’t hard. You just have to take off your blinders. You can’t go around stuck in a fantasy that life is perfect and everyone is fine — because the world is far from perfect, and many more people than you think are struggling. Yeah, it hurts to see and feel; it’s much more comfortable to hide behind a callous, ignorant exterior. But the thing is, until we stand up and truly connect with the people in our every day lives, this is going to keep happening.
Everyone deserves a little kindness. Everyone deserves to be acknowledged, to know they aren’t alone in this vast world. Sometimes it’s as simple as saying ‘hello’, or giving someone a compliment. Sometimes you don’t even have to say a word — just a smile to let them know you’ve seen them.
Sometimes that’s all it takes.
I would like to challenge you all to engage one person each day this week with something positive: a smile, a happy greeting, a little bit of conversation. Ask someone how they are doing — and mean it. Take an interest. You might surprise yourself by making a new friend.
You might save a life.