Several years back, some friends from our church suffered a terrible blow when their adult son shot himself dead one winter night. How incredibly sad that this man had reached such a low point that he saw no way out other than taking his own life.
While I can’t even begin to comprehend the deep despair a suicidal person must feel, it's clear that people have become more disconnected and isolated from each other.
In the frantic pace of today’s world, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle and feel that no one cares. Families are fragmented and communities are not as close and supportive as they once were.
Is there anything that we as individuals can do, even in a small way to connect with others and assure them that they are valuable?
A movement started at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work called “You Matter” is doing just that. http://msw.usc.edu/category/youmatter/
By acknowledging someone, showing appreciation or even doing a random act of kindness towards a stranger, you may change someone’s life more than you know.
Here are 60 ways to show a person that they do matter.
We all are important and every life is significant and of value.
We are all connected.
I am participating at Write Tribe’s special blogging challenge today http://writetribe.com/voices-for-suicide-prevention/ as part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Day.