As I sit here and think about what to write, I know that it is 2 a.m. in the morning. I have spent the past few hours reading messages and talking virtually with others (adults and kids) who have been fragile, self harmed and suffer from depression, anxiety and more. All the stories are very similar. But the people involved don’t know each other and live miles apart. It boggles the mind how rampant a problem this is and how powerless we are sometimes to help. Since Amanda’s death, many stories have been brought to my attention. Some with small details. Some with absolutely horrific huge details. It makes me want to cry when I read how some young persons are being treated these days by there peers. And as we always are quick to jump at the parenting, it is not always so. Peer pressure is so strong these days. Kids want to fit it. They want to belong. So if they don’t play the game, they get laughed at.
Being young or rather – acting young – can be so stupid sometimes. What isn’t known is that it can be the event that crushes a person into a world of sadness, depression, anxiety and self harm. My words of advice to anyone reading this and experiencing extreme sadness and thoughts, please go talk to someone you trust right away. They will help and guide you. Amanda’s words of advice were always to go talk to someone. I wished she would have followed what she told her many friends. Many still miss her terribly. I know I do….
On a happier note, I love the pictures that I am getting from the Pink Snowflake shirts. I have been sending them out on my own. I think it’s important to get the message out to the messengers that are sprinkled all over the world.
Hugz to all my Snowflake Elves…xoxo