Yesterday, my sister from Singapore texted me and shared the tragic news that the daughter of a mutual friend of ours had taken her own life.
She was 23.
My sister and I were both shaken by the heartbreaking news.
My first thought was for the mom of the deceased.
I wept for her.
No mother should ever have to go through this.
Suicide never really steals the life of just one person and no parent should ever bury their child.
No one suspected our friend's daughter was struggling with depression or maybe we just didn't recognize the signs.
She always seemed so chirpy and full of zest for life.
We are still grappling with the news of her sudden demise.
I feel compelled to share this video my sister sent and hope to bring awareness to those in need.
This video contains themes some viewers may find distressing
Doreen and Elaine helped to set up the PleaseStay movement in Singapore, addressing youth mental health and suicide.
If you ever find yourself in a dark place in your life, PLEASE let that one spark of light in.
Hold on to it.
Please, please, I beg of you, please STAY!
Talk to someone, anyone — a family member, a friend, your parish priest, counsellor or even a perfect stranger.
No matter how hopeless the situation, always remember where there is life, there is hope.
If you or someone you know have been affected by mental heath issues , please visit samaritans.org or befrienders,org
There is always someone there for anyone who needs someone.