Before I continue to blog about this video, I want to make something clear. I am in no way wanting to offend anyone or blame anyone for this beautiful lost life. I simply want to bring up an issue that I feel is important and I think we need to be more aware of.
Before you continue to read, please watch the video. Grab some tissues and be prepared for the sadness to scroll for the next 15 minutes. Those of you that start and don't finish because it's too long. Think! What if this was your daughter or son?
Well I have seen this video and it has stayed with me from the first time I saw it. It is very heartbreaking and to be honest it upsets me. Since watching this video, I often wonder why no one stepped in to help this poor girl. I think about what if it had been my son. Yes my son has attempted suicide but he was fortunate and made it. This poor girl wasn't and I often think about her. I didn't know her. I only know of her because my niece shared her picture with me to post on my "In Memory" page. She was the one that shared the link to the video that shows Ashley's 144 tweets of despair and loss of hope till her demise.
I wonder how many people reached out to let her know she wasn't alone. How many people actually took her tweets serious enough to call her mom or anyone close to her? How many people actually read her tweets and found them entertaining without even reaching out to lend her a shoulder and let her know regardless of everything she had been going through. She was still a good person and that she was valued by many that loved her dearly. How many????
After watching this video, how many of you will step up and step in to help those on the verge of giving up the beautiful life God has given us to live? Or will you turn your head and move on?
I know that if she had been my daughter. I would have wanted someone to let me know of her "weird, concerning" tweets. I would have wanted someone to step up and step in to help her before she made the ultimate decision to end her life. I would have wanted to do everything to keep her alive. I don't know her mother but I'm sure she wanted the same thing.
The point of this is that it all STARTS WITH YOU. A little kindness could go a long way for those that may feel like they are less deserving. I truly believe the love and kindness of one person can change the way someone may view themselves. I just wish she had been that lucky.
I'm a mother with an agenda to save her son from the grips of his mental illness and stop stigma so that those who suffer in silence can seek help without fearing the worse. Join me on this roller coaster ride..you're no longer alone.