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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So what was Charles thinking up until he took his own life?

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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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