As you read those words, I’m sure you have seen these signs or other handouts in your neighborhood, social media, or online somewhere. If not and this is the first you have heard of it, Youth Outreach wants to let you know: YOU MATTER!
This saying along with many more sayings were created by a family in Newberg, OR. They couldn’t believe how much the suicide rates were just in their little community, let alone in the United States. In fact, as of today in the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. Every year, we lose about 45,000 people to suicide, which in a closer perspective is about 125 suicides per day. These suicide rates, statistics, and suicidal thoughts come from elderly, adults, youth, and even children as early of 10 years old.
With that much influence, suicide is definitely not a subject to be taken lightly. Although there are many great programs and suicide preventions out there, many people don’t receive the assistance they need. However, a small town family has proven that they don’t need all the nooks and crannies of a big organization, rather a simple sign with encouraging words will send a message of hope for people. Because of their efforts, the don’t give up signs helped hundreds of people around the world to not just prevent suicide, but also any negative thoughts they may be believing about themselves.
At Youth Outreach, we have our staff and youth participate in sign rallies. These rallies consist of us all going out into our Newberg community, sign waving, and sharing what were all about. All the drivers and people passing by are then refreshed with these words and reminded: they are worthy of love, they aren’t alone, their mistakes don’t define them, it’s never too late, don’t give up, and so much more! We hope to continue this tradition of ours, because we see the impact it’s bringing not only to our little Newberg community, but around the world.
If you are going through a hard time or just needing a little encouragement, Youth Outreach wants to let you know that You Matter! The life was given is good and bad at times. Sometimes it seems like the bad consistently overtakes the good. But, it’s always a blessing to hear that you never have to be alone in this life. There are people, organizations, and communities who actually do care and want the best for you. The dreams and goals you have in life are all going to fall in place, as long as you don’t give up! Stick with it even through the bad and ugly of times. There is a light amidst the darkness you may be struggling with. Be the fighter that you are and don’t let life knock you down.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide and need someone to talk to, please call the suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Also, if you want to know more information on the don’t give up signs, check out their website: https://www.dontgiveupsigns.com/