Sunday, September 28, 2008

Speak Up Save Lives - Show and Tell Monday

This is a different kind of Show and Tell, but I think it's very important and wanted to share it with my readers. This message was posted on the Online Handyman's blog which I follow regularly.

Join Ken McArthur’s Impact Action Team as together we create awareness, education and access to Teen Suicide Prevention Resources and save thousands of lives! Ken McArthur wants to spread a message of hope to teenagers who
don’t think that life is worth living.

I think it’s a great message of hope for anyone and would love to
see all of my readers think about spreading it today.

Here’s Ken’s simple message for for giving hope (and maybe saving
someone’s life!):

G - Greet and meet: talk to others, smile, say hello, ask
someone how they are doing

I - Involve yourself and others: find a cause you can support,
volunteer, pledge resources. Get the people around you
involved, especially if you see someone beginning to
withdraw. Invite them to participate in some activity, to
“get out” of their comfort zone

V - Validate others: tell others that they matter - especially
family members and friends that you tend to see daily but
may take for granted, give genuine compliments

E - Empathize: be a listening ear, take time to be fully
present, don’t try to solve - just acknowledge someone’s

To find out more about Ken’s wonderful project with his
Impact Action Team click here.

Please help spread this message today!


Onlinehandyman said...

Thanks Debbie for helping spread the word here. It's not to often that I blog about something other than home improvements, but this one bothers me and I appreciate your help. With the world the way that it is we just have to keep young people more positive regardless of what is going on. Scott

Lilli Blue said...

That's great. I am teen advisor at a camp twice a year. The kids do all thse things for each other. If they see a kid on the side lines they go and get them to join their groups activities. Wouldn't it be nice if we all did that as adults? Brought the shy ones out at a party or event. Good going girl. You did a healing post. lilli

Janet Bernasconi said...

Hi Debbie!

I just love your blog. What a great Show and Tell you have today. We difinitely need to keep the young more positive. I have a picture of the beautiful gifts you sent me on my blog. Thanks so much! I will treasure them.
Janet's Creative Pillows

Carolee Crafts said...

Thank you Debbie for this show and tell, the words are very poignant and we all help others in our daily lives.

Susan said...

As a teacher, I see the struggles our children go through. We truly have to work with them daily to meet the challenges of this "brave new world."
Susan *dutchrose*

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Debbie this is so important and a message that really does need to "get out there".
Young people need encouragement and support more than ever it seems.


Kiamyka said...

Thanks Debbie for a very important reminder
xx Chris

Patricia said...

Wonderful blog, sometimes it's just more important to get the word out about something. Good job!


Cottage Flair said...

What a wonderful post full of great ideas and inspirations. Thanks so much for sharing these thoughts.

gail said...

Hi Debbie,, what a great post. Thanks for sharing this information and great advice. Have a great week ahead... hugs, gail

Inka Thomas said...

Debbie, That was a great post. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

Marie said...

Thanks Debbie. I really like that message. I will spread it as much as I can.

Susie said...

Debbie, your show and tell was very inspirational. I always like the saying, "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours".
Susie of The Polka Dot Rose

Shabby Shan said...

Thank you for sharing. That is a very important message!

Have a nice week!

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Debbie, this is such an important topic. Thanks for spreading the word. As a teacher I made it a point to reach out to students that just needed an ear. On a personal note, I lost a friend to suicide in high school and I know the pain it can cause. It is so necessary to be there and just listen to kids, sometimes that is all they want.