Four Years Later
I, like many teenagers and people of all ages, overcame adversity that was presented in the form of self-harm and suicidal thoughts. My life did not just get better all at once. My decision that my hands and words are not for hurting myself gave me the courage to talk to someone. I have seasons where I struggle but that’s when I reach out for help and use my words to productively advocate for myself.
Everyone’s journey is different, but I do not regret making the choice to stay here and stop hurting myself physically. I hope the same can be said for whoever you are reading this. Take action with your words in this time of uncertainty and reach out to friends or peers who might be struggling. The Purple Hands Pledge® is so important! It must be taught and practiced school-wide throughout our developmental years preparing us for a healthy future.
From a young age, we need to understand the strength of our words and hands and how we can use them productively not to tear others or ourselves down. From a young age, we need to know that no means no! Consent is important in every relationship. Hands and words are not for hurting ourselves or others.
Often, we steer clear of the conversation of mental health and suicide with children, but we must understand the signs from a young age. Poor mental health does not discriminate by age or any other factor. Self-harm is something we need to be educated on, so we know that it is not okay to belittle ourselves or hurt ourselves. I’m grateful to have grown up with the Purple Hands Pledge® and I want to continue to spread it because it belongs in every home, every school, and every heart!