The invisible kid

Picture courtesy of Jessica-Art
Picture courtesy of Jessica-Art

From Anne Moss: This is from a young man who attempted suicide in February 2016.

It so happened my article in the Richmond Times Dispatch ran during that time and his mom read it and reached out to me. Fast forward 9 months and that suicide attempt survivor asked if he could post this on my blog.

As human beings we want to be loved and accepted. It’s a human emotion at the core of our very being. And when that doesn’t happen, despair sets in. As many as 30% of kids who attend a school, go weeks without another human being ever saying hello or acknowledging their presence. Still others are socially rejected for being different. 

This short piece is so insightful, worthy and emotionally naked, I cried as I posted it here. We stress about the cyberbullying, and it is an issue, but what about the kid no one reaches out to at all?  

by Devin

I’ve never really been too popular of a person

I moved around schools a lot when I was younger, and I was always quiet so I never had that great of a connection with other people.

As a grew up, I started to crave attention from others, going out of my way to get people to notice me.

That really only served to isolate me more, because instead of everyone just not noticing me, people didn’t like me. Even the few people that did talk to me began to avoid me.

I came to a breaking point and tried to end it.

It obviously didn’t work.

I guess I kind of got something out of the experience because people don’t hate me anymore but I definitely still have to battle within myself on a daily basis.

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

One thought on “The invisible kid”

  1. What a brave young man, to be so transparent here. Thank you, Devin, for sharing your pain with us. I love your insight and I hope it will help you on those days you battle within yourself. Hang in there, please!

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