Someone Needs Your Good Thoughts Tonight


I had planned on writing about something else, but changed my mind after a phone call from a friend today.  Her nephew is in great need of your kind regards and prayers right now.  Because today, this young 23 year old is considering the taking of his own life.

He’s suffers from depression and ADHD and is in therapy, but he’s struggling. And she’s very worried.

It’s one of those dark concerns we all have, but don’t really talk about, as it becomes more and more common to know someone touched by depression and suicide.  According to Save, suicide is the third leading cause of death for kids 15-24 years old.  It’s the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide ranks behind at 15th), according to the CDC.  On top of that, WebMD reports that there may be a connection between ADHD and depression and suicide attempts.

Certainly, my friend’s story also strikes a personal chord for me, as I still carry childhood pain from a family member’s multiple talks and attempts of suicide. Not to mention my heart goes out as a mother of teens myself.

I don’t have more details about this young man, and I do not know him personally. I do know that his family is doing everything they can for him. And that everyone is hurting.

My friend asked if I would please pass the word and ask my friends to pray too. So I extend the request to you. Please keep this young man, my friend and their family in your thoughts tonight and through this trying time for him.

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6 responses to “Someone Needs Your Good Thoughts Tonight

  1. Your friend’s nephew has my prayers.

  2. Nina L

    I suffer from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It leaves you in terrible aching pain. You feel hollow and alone no matter who is there. I will pray for him, but if I could talk to him I would tell him that cliche as it is, it does get better. For four years, I’ve been a shell of myself–struggling alot. And finally, I can see the light. I finally feel like me again.

    The best advice I can give is that you make the most of the good days you have. But in that dark time, in that achingly hollow time the greatest and l most important thing you can do is survive. Life isn’t always about living, it’s about surviving.

    And the you, that is you, is too beautiful to lose. There are so many marvelous things out there to do, so many marvelous people to meet-people you will influence and change forever with the beauty of your bright and beautiful soul.

    Right now, all you have to do is focus on surviving. Not a day at a time, a breath at a time. And remember all the things that you love instead of the bad. The way sunlight falls through the window, the smile on your mother’s face–they all mean something.

    And you mean something to. You mean the world to someone.

    Praying!

    • Nina, thank you so much for taking the time to share this with me. It is written powerfully and beautifully. And yes, you are too precious to lose. I will copy and paste it into a note for my friend to pass on to him. In the mean time, consider yourself loved.

      Blessings,
      Julia

    • Nina, I passed your letter above to the young man’s aunt and she read it to him. He asked to let you know that he really appreciated it and his aunt says it really helped. They were both over-whelmed in gratitude that you shared this. Thank you for helping. ::hugs::

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