I have come up with my Part 2 to From Devastated to Driven Part 1. Suicide prevention should be discussed in schools, period. There are pros and cons to everything; medicines, books, movies, video games, standardized tests. To take the stance, talking about suicide could lead to suicide, is not an answer anymore. We have to weigh the benefits against the drawbacks of a prevention program.
To take the stance, talking about suicide could lead to suicide, is not an answer anymore. Click To Tweet
Why I Want Suicide Prevention Spoken About in School
My sister’s death has ignited something in me, a drive like I’ve never seen. After reading numerous article on youth suicide, I’ve decided to act. I’m currently in the research phase.
I really don’t know when my attention turned to the kids attempting and completely suicide. It seemed like every time I opened my internet browser, a story about a child’s suicide came up.
The fact of the matter is kids’ young minds will soak up any information we’re giving them. I know, you’re thinking, my kid doesn’t listen or remember anything but you’re wrong. Kids know, realize, listen, and retain a lot more than we think. I have big ideas on how to help kids retrain their brains, to believe in themselves, to love themselves, to forgive themselves for their perceived shortcomings or mistakes, they feel they’ve made.
My sister’s suicide in 2015 obviously rocked the foundation my life sits on. Losing my best friend has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I spent many days and nights in bed, hysterical, screaming “WHY.” Almost 2 years later, I still do that on some days.
Other days, I thank her for changing my life. She literally altered the framework of my life. I’ve never been more ready for change-not only to change myself but to work to change so many who feel broken.
Evolution of Grief
You see, when you’re grieving, you don’t pay attention to anything. You stay in your pajamas all day (which I usually do anyway), you cry so much you’re eyes won’t open, and then one day you get up. You’re pissed and ready to throat punch someone, anyone, to take the pain away. Then you realize, you can use that anger for something good and that’s what I’m going to do…….
My New Plan
I’ve spoken to 10 different kids (ages 9-17), who go to ten different schools, and not 1 of those schools offer a formal suicide prevention program. Or if they do, the student don’t know about them. I’ll have an extensive post about this coming up next week As of now, I have a lot of work to do. I’ve found numerous suicide prevention programs that I could potentially pitch to my school system. To be honest, I don’t think any of them are promising.
…..But What I Really Want To Do
I really want to become a motivational speaker for kids, teaching them not only suicide prevention but motivation and self esteem exercises. Sounds crazy, right?
I don’t think so.
Sounds nuts, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again.
I sincerely believe I can accomplish this goal. I believe in my heart that I can change the way these kids feel about themselves.
I want to pursue a career in life coaching. I know many of the kids I talked with, feel uncomfortable talking to their parents about certain issues. In some cases, the parents are the problem, in the children’s opinion.
I want to help these families. I want to be the voice on the other end of the line, that kids feel comfortable talking to.
Then I want to speak to kids about self-esteem, confidence, changing their mindset, realizing their dreams.
I want to help kids know their worth, know they are original and so very relevant to this life.
Write a Book
Also, I want to write a book. THE BOOK on how to prevent suicide in children.
THE BOOK parents turn to when in need. Sort of like Dr. Spock’s book back in the day.
I’ve never considered myself a writer. I was always a math girl (still am) but something has shifted in me. It’s like my soul flows through my fingers when I write.
I Don’t Know How Yet…..
Be the change you want to see in this world. All I do, all day, is think about that quote. Something has to be done, we have to say “NO MORE.” We need to do something about the epidemic that has become youth suicide.
I don’t know how I’m going to accomplish all this stuff but I know I will. As Marie Forleo says, “Everything is Figure Outtable!!!”
I Need Your Help
Now I have some questions for you, my loyal readers. Does your child’s school have a formal suicide prevention program….not one they created after a tragedy happened-one that has been in place and being spoke about? If so, can you tell me a little about it.
Also, can you please share this post, so other parents could tell me about any other programs they know about. Thank you so much.