Beginning at 6 AM tomorrow and ending at 9 PM on Saturday, May 31, "Write 'Love' On Your Arm" Week is incredibly important to me.
If you have Facebook, you can see the event here. For everyone else that wants to participate or at least know what the event is about, I've taken the liberty of copying and pasting a snippet from the event description:
"[This event is] In Honor of:
18 out of 274,000 teens kill themselves
1 in 5 teens consider (think) suicide.
1 in 6 made plans
1 in 12 had attempted suicide
8 out of 10 ask for help before the commit suicide"
Depression and suicide are both very real problems that affect a great number of children, teenagers, and adults every year. Being depressed makes it difficult to be a contributing member of your school or your job, it makes it difficult to be involved in social situations, and it destroys your self-esteem. Thankfully, depression is both preventable and treatable. For more information about Depression, please go here. For more information regarding suicide and suicide prevention, please visit this site. Finally, if you or someone you know is suicidal and needs help, please head here.
It is my sincerest hope that most people will participate in this event. Although the action of writing love on your arm does little to solve the problems of depression and suicide, it does help bond people together and raise awareness of the serious issues that are depression and suicide.
Friends, random visitors, and readers (all two of you), as someone who has lived with depression for several years, I ask you to take part in this event. The simple act of writing love on your arm can and will mean the world to me and many other people whose lives have been affected by depression and suicide.