It’s one day out of 365, but the struggles and the pain and the questions don’t go away at the end of today. Recent studies have shown that suicide is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15-49.
The leading cause… can you fathom that? To Write Love On Her Arms (a non-profit dedicated to sharing hope and providing help with those struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction, and suicide) stated this week that “It claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined.”
This issues isn’t beyond us. It is not out of our hands. Each and every one of us has the ability to change these statistics. You don’t have to be a professional or a hero of epic proportions. Often times the difference between life and death starts with someone reaching out and letting that person know they are not alone.
Every one of us has a role in this life. We play a part in a web of lives that are linked to one another. No matter how small you feel, the truth is you matter. You have a purpose, and chances are it’s grander than you know.
To Write Love On Her Arms is doing an amazing awareness program this week. One that not only addresses the stigmas of mental health issues, but creates a conversation and the push to change these statistics. You can read more about it at http://www.twloha.com. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read about it.
But if you hear absorb anything this week, let it be the knowledge that you cannot be replaced. Not by anyone or anything. Your life is a story that is much larger than yourself. It’s a part of other people’s lives. We are all connected in this life. We were made to live it together.