Take a Stand. You have a voice that can change someone's life. You can save a life through all the little things. Stand is here for you to use that influential voice to make the world a better place, you never know who's watching or what you're going to cause.
The Words of the Wise.
I recently found out about a kid on Facebook who is the new singer of a band called Get Scared. His name is Joel Faviere. He is honestly one of the most genuinely caring people I've followed in awhile. He wants all of his fans to know their worth so much more than what others might lead them to believe. I just wanted to quote him off his tumblr because I don't think anyone hears this enough. You guys aren't alone. Everyone feels down at some point, and more people than you know consider suicide or self harm. It's not the only way out. Check out what Joel has to say on the matter:
"I told my friend of 10 years this and it helped her stop cutting/self infliction for good.
Cutting only transfers the pain to your body. Cutting takes the pain from your mind and your thoughts and memories and puts them directly on your body. I know that it helps you right now sweetie, but you need to understand one thing from me. Cutting only gets rid of the pain temporarily and that's why you go back to it. If it was a forever fix, it would happen once and it would be over with forever. But it's not that at all. It's really really hard to get out of, but if you learn to stop you'll soon realize that it's not needed, I promise. Transferring pain from one place to another is useless and it's only going to hurt you more. You are a beautiful human being, I promise you. I believe in you and I believe that if you think about what I've told you, that you will be strong enough to quit. That is why you should quit. You will be a success, and you will matter in life. You aren't worthless and you aren't stuck in the past. You are a unique, one of a kind girl that doesn't need to inflict pain to herself. You can do it, I know it.
I love all of you and I want you to know you aren't alone. I swear on my fucking life you are not alone."
You are not alone. If you need help, then find it. If you know someone that needs help, offer it. Everyone is worth more than they will ever know. You don't know what you're going to cause just by being you. Don't give up.
Posted: January 16, 2012
One year ago today I was hospitalized with suicidal thoughts and tendencies. In one year I got a job, finished a yearbook video, made a documentary, met more bands than I can count on both hands, have gone to more concerts than I could have imagined, started a website to help depressed teens, learned how to smile again, and have chosen to be happy almost every single day. And I don't think any of you know how proud I am.
"Oh happily ever after wouldn't you know, wouldn't you know? Oh I got to my ending. Who'd like to know, you'd like to know? Author of the moment came and told me yes I end up, yes I end up happy."
Posted: December 12, 2011
Think About Your Words.
"This put me in tears. I don't understand how people can be so heartless as to cause someone to feel this way for absolutely no reason other than to make themselves feel or look better in their OWN eyes. There's really too much pressure on our generation; to live up to others expectations of us, whether it be the cool kids, friends, family, teachers, or even ourselves sometimes. When we should just be ourselves and do the best we can and be happy with it. This kid has got some guts and I hope he opened some people's eyes. This is a serious issue, innocent, young people are killing and harming themselves on a daily basis because of what people, that don't even know the real them, say to them. I sorta get how this kid feels, I'm not really bullied. But, it's hard for me to live up to my own expectations of myself sometimes, I've never really fit in with people very well, I constantly feel like I'm alone and can't much depend on or trust anyone but myself and a few family members. And quite honestly I think I'm too often afraid of what others will think or say to me because I don't know how much more I can handle at times. Differences shouldn't be a negative thing, it makes us UNIQUE, different from everyone else, we should cherish those things that are different about us and not let anyone try to change it about us. Whether that be beliefs, appearance, sexual preference, career choice, anything, you should always stand up for yourself and what you believe in, even if you're standing alone, and wear a smile while doing it, just be YOU and I promise if not now, one day someone will love you for it. So next time you go to say something negative, even small in your eyes, think of the kind of impact it could have on that person, you don't know what else is going on in their lives, that one word could be their breaking point, is it worth it? NO! Life is way too precious. ♥" -MaKayla F.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Posted: December 5, 2011
Start Livin' Louder.
You're seriously special, because there isn't another you. You're the only one. You're not typical, you're extraordinary. You might feel like you're nothing sometimes, but you're are everything. Never believe anything less than that. Remember that happiness is a choice. You can decide to be happy, even when it's hard. Trust me, I know how hard it is sometimes, but it's worth it once you are happy because you feel so much better. You want to make a difference? Here it is, this site can help you make the difference you want to. You've got a voice, and everyday is a second chance. You've got a second chance to live louder, dream longer, fight harder, and love stronger everyday. Don't waste all the chances, and don't give them up. It might seem like it's over now, but trust me it gets better. All you've got to do is take one of those second chances and start livin' louder. You should never regret anything, because those regrets will only hinder what you could do. Remember and learn from the past, but don't look back. Keep looking forward, keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. Find a way to make your dreams a reality. Live louder. Stand.
Posted: November 1, 2011
You Are Not A Tree Climber, You're a Fish.
Albert Einstein is considered one of the smartest people to ever live. He could perform complex math
problems and invent amazing contraptions
without any challenges. But had someone judged Einstein on his social skills, he would've never lived up to his potential as an inventor. Yesterday I had to go take a psychology test. I did so badly it brought my grade from a B+ to a C-. I proceeded to tell myself that I'm not good enough and that I'm an idiot. That is a lie. I'm judging myself on something I'm not good at. I am not a psychology tree climber, I am a media fish. I might not remember what every part of my brain does, but I can setup a video camera or edit this site with no problems. I noticed I wasn't the only person at the end of this first term at school stressing out about not being good enough, and I know that isn't just happening at my school. I'm here to say that you are NOT a letter grade. Those grades are people trying to judge you, a fish, on your ability to climb a tree. You should always try to do your best, and when you've given your all you should be proud of you. What other people say about you is not important, what you think of yourself is the most important thing. You are an amazing fish, find what you're good at and excel in it. Never let anyone judge you on your ability to climb trees.
Posted: October 29, 2011
Rest In Peace, Jamey.
Jamey Rodemeyer was a 14 year old boy living in Buffalo, NY. He committed suicide last week because he was bullied for being gay. No one deserves to be treated like this or to feel bad about being themselves. If you're being bullied please get help and don't hold it in. Let someone know what's going on so they can help you. You are not alone. (Watch Jamey's story below.)
**Also check out the It Gets Better Campaign.
Posted: September 30, 2011
If you were in the front of a three mile cross country race, you wouldn't stop, would you? Would you stop if you saw another person down on the track, with a bleeding ankle, while everyone else ran passed? Josh Ripley did. When he saw an opposing runner down on the track with blood running down their ankle, Josh gave up his spot to stop and see if the opponent needed help. Not only did Josh stop to check on his opponent, he then picked up the opponent and carried him a half mile to the opposing coaches, then Josh returned and finished 211 of 261 in his 3 mile cross country race. (Check out Josh's full story here.) Now, you don't have to stop in the middle of a race and helped an injured person to "stop running." Stopping can be as simple as taking a step back from your problems and looking for someone that needs help. It can be as big as what Josh Ripley did, or as small as saying hi to someone on the street or in the hall. Whatever you do, remember to Stand and stop running.
Posted: September 23, 2011
This Song Saved My Life.
Music is hugely influential in everyone's day to day life. It has the power to speak when words aren't enough. It seems that someone you've never met has written down your life and given it a melody. Music can connect with people on a level other people can't. I recently watched an interview with the band Simple Plan talking about how they used Twitter to write a song on their latest album. They had their fans send tweets about how Simple Plan songs have changed their lives. The band then used some of the tweets as lyrics, as well as having fans come into the studio to record part of the song. (Watch Simple Plan's "Track by Track: This Song Saved My Life" video about the song here.) I've been helped through the power of music. I wouldn't be here without it, and I know I'm not the only person that feels that way. Music can save a life at the last second, it can change a life for the better, and it can help a life live to its fullest. I know I'm not the only person that can relate to these lyrics. I know I'm not the only person that can name a song and say, "This song saved my life."
**Also, if you guys don't mind, please check out www.simpleplanfoundation.org. It's a foundation started by Simple Plan to help teens transition into adulthood, cope with life threatening diseases, and to promote the use of music as a way for kids to find a passion in life, as well as musicotherapy.
Posted: September 13, 2011
If Today Was Your Last Day...
...would you try and make a difference in someone's life? Take a Stand, you never know who's watching or who you will impact.
Posted: August 25, 2011
I have one thing to say...
I don't care who you are, if you're rich, if you're popular, or how much you dislike someone. None of that will ever give you the right to tease/bully someone to the point they attempt suicide. None of that will also ever give you the right to tell someone that they should commit suicide, even jokingly. You have no idea what that person is going through and how much power your words have. "Be kinder than necessary, everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Posted: July 18, 2011
Back Up To Par.