Teens Save Life Through Facebook

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This is inspirational in so many regards.We all need to take the time out of our hectic lives to help someone, even if it is a stranger.

I come from a town where suicide took the lives of 5 young men in quite a short span of time. The deaths of these five men changed my community. Though it has been a few years, it still saddens the community to think about the “what ifs”, about the pain caused and about the lives lost.

Today (Feb. 16) we lost another warrior. It saddens me to hear this news, although I did not personally know him. It makes me sad to see my school suffer another loss. It makes me sad to hear that another life has been taken. And it saddens me because it brings back memories of a dark time at our school.

I remember the first day after we lost a classmate to this. The school was so silent, you could hear a needle drop. The school was plagued with sadness and “what ifs.” What could we have done differently? How could we have helped?  There were so many unanswered questions.

The funeral was so surreal. We thought we were invincible, but here we were at a funeral for a classmate. And it would not be our last.

I think this dark time in our community has changed us all. It taught us a lot.

It brought us closer together. It taught us to appreciate what we have.

People often forget to say “thank you” or “I  love you.” We often get into fights and say hateful things to each other.  But we cannot do that.

Always show love, never hate, because what if that person is gone tomorrow? Then what?

If someone is in need, even if they do not say it, you must help. You must look carefully for the warning signs and do all you can do to help. You must do everything in your power to show the person that life is worth living; that death is not the answer.

Death in itself is a mystery. Losing a loved one is never easy. But suicide that is unexplainable.  It saddens the soul in a different way, a way that always stays with you.

So if you are ever faced with someone threatening suicide (even if you do not know if he/she is being serious), ALWAYS take it seriously, like these men on Facebook did. Always help. Always do whatever it takes, even if it means calling the police, to save that life. Because you never want to be left with the “what ifs.”

Also, if you are EVER thinking about committing suicide. Please ALWAYS remember:

life is PRECIOUS. NEVER give up. there is ALWAYS something worth fighting for.

To all the warriors up in Heaven..PLEASE always watch over our community…you will forever be in our hearts.

Warriors forever ❤

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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3 Responses to Teens Save Life Through Facebook

  1. siobhan says:

    I read all your articles ,they’re awesome thanks for the good quality readings .

  2. Danny Manes says:

    Thank you so much! I’m Danny, from the story. It means a lot that you take interest in our story.

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