Anxiety, depression, and the general feeling of worthlessness are all a reality I know well. I woke up to these feelings every day for a very long time. As a teenager, it felt more and more difficult to find purpose especially when, so often, I was made to feel like an outcast. However, I learned that these feelings were not what defined me. I learned how to be present and mindful in the moment, seeing the good in the midst of the bad. Mentors, teachers, family, and friends poured into my life to show me the truth about my worth and my future. And for the first time in a long time, I saw that my future wasn’t defined by my past, but rather that I could use my past to influence my future for the better. My story is my own, and I would love to discuss the depths of my story in time, but I’m one of the lucky ones who made it through. I’ve watched my friends, family, and even students in my ministry struggle with self-harm.. A few ending in tragedy.
I’m supporting this cause because life is priceless. I’m asking you to give a small amount in order to potentially give the most valuable thing to someone on the fringe of suicide: hope. I genuinely believe that hope in the future, freedom from the past, and healthy conversation can be the difference between life and death. If we cannot stand up to fight for people who struggle with their mental health (myself included) we cannot stand together at all. Although I am unable to attend the walk, I highly encourage you to gather a group together and stand for life!