By a Thin Thread
I was talking to a friend last night. In fact, she is a very dear friend whom I met since embarking on this life’s journey of trying to save lives. She’s right there on the frontline with me…and, many others. Last night’s conversation was sparked by a young man who was posting suicidal comments to his facebook page. He’s fine. At least for now. As she was about to sign off, she told me about another person who was now posting suicidal comments. This one seemed urgent.
Joshua hasn’t been a teenager since 1999. Then again, we’re not JUST about trying to save teen’s lives. Any suicide we can help prevent is a job well done. I don’t know the circumstances that has led Joshua to feel so hopeless right now. And, frankly, it just doesn’t even matter. What matters right now is building a wall of support around him to keep him from falling to that place where he won’t be able to get up. The wall was erected very quickly.
According to his facebook comments, Joshua was hanging on by the thinnest of threads. Whatever is going on with him has really hit him hard. The good news is he’s still here. He went to work today. He’s now home from work and communicating on his facebook page.
See, I don’t believe for a second that Joshua wants to die. I don’t think that any suicide victims REALLY want to die. They want the pain to stop. They want to feel whole again. I believe that’s the case with Joshua, as well. The great think here is that he is freely accepting friend requests on his facebook page right now! That says to me that he WANTS someone to hold him up until he regains his strength. And, that’s where we all come in. That’s what our mission is, right? Saving lives…one at a time? You can go, right now!, to Joshua’s facebook page, send him a friend request, he’ll accept it. I guarantee it. Right now, he’s hanging on by a thin thread. What’s most important, however, is that he’s hanging on.