Thousand of children die by suicide every year, and tens of thousands are treated for self-inflicted injuries. We can do our part at home to keep our children emotionally armed and protected beginning with these “14 Reasons Why NOT.”
4,600 is the number of children between the ages of 10 and 24 that die by suicide each year; while during that same period, an additional 157,000 are treated in Emergency Rooms across the country for self-inflicted injuries.
That’s approximately 323,200 parents who will question every decision they ever made up until that point and worse, roughly 9,200 that will be left childless.
And. unfortunately, as heartbreaking as those statistics are, that’s only where the ripple effect begins.
So, while the legislators are working on campus security to protect our kids when they’re at school, we need to do our part at home by keeping them emotionally armed and protected, beginning with:
‘14 Reasons Why NOT’
1. You are perfect exactly as you are.
Accept yourself. Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Celebrate your perfections and your flaws they are what makes you unique.
2. Respect yourself
If you don’t, others won’t either. Remember the world sees what you put out there. Hold yourself to a high standard of grace and elegance.
3. Your self-worth is not determined by others.
Ignore the opinions of other people. Your opinion of yourself is the only thing that matters.
4. Not everyone is going to like you
And it doesn’t matter. Don’t let it phase you. The sooner you embrace that, the better off you’ll be that they don’t. But the one’s that do, they will never forget you.
5. Resist peer pressure
Peer pressure is pressure you put on yourself to do things just to fit in. You’re not going to fit in with everyone. The great ones never do. Why try to fit in when you were born to stand out.
6. Being popular doesn’t matter
It’s less important to have a ton of friends than it is to have a handful of real ones. Surround yourself with people who push you to go further in life and believe in your dreams.
7. Bullies are unhappy insecure people
They should be pitied, not feared. Once you realize that, you take away their power, and their words can no longer hurt you
8. Don’t stress yourself too much
Take a deep breath. You are strong enough to cope with your challenges. Smart enough to find solutions to your problems. Capable enough to do whatever needs to be done. Just do your very best.
9. Your sexuality does not define you
It’s only part of you. If you’re straight, great. If you’re gay, great. If you’re bisexual, great. If you’re unsure, great. Don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed of it.
10. Forgive yourself
Don’t beat yourself up. Mistakes are meant to guide you — not define you. Learn from them and move on.
11. Speak your truth
Even if your voice shakes. What you say matters. Speak up for what’s important. It’s possible to be honest and kind. Your voice is important. Your words are your power.
12. You’re not alone
Yes, we all feel this way sometimes. No, you won’t always feel like this. Yes, the world is a better place with you in it.
13. Never never never give up
Life is good. And when it’s not, it will get better. Whatever it is that you’re going through, you will get through it. So do not give up over one bad chapter in your book. Keep going… Your story has just begun.
14. I will always love and support you!
For more information you can go to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.