Before you delete this message, please take just a couple of minutes to possibly save a life.
My name is Terrie, and I’m the author of a daily blog called “The Tree House,” that has a large and loyal readership base. On January 1, I posted an entry to my blog in which I revealed two very personal things: my plan to commit suicide last year, and the revelation to my readers that I am gay. I had been open for quite some time about my struggle with depression, but I had never shared that I had a definite plan in place for ending my life. Only a handful of people knew that I was gay, and I spoke frankly in the post about the torture of living in hiding for my entire life.
Almost as soon as I posted the entry, I was inundated with emails and private messages via Facebook. Many of the messages were filled with hate in the early days following my post, but I also began receiving others from people who were in the same place in their own lives … people who had tried to end their lives; people who were planning to end their lives; people who were still living in hiding, terrified to be who they really are. As I read the stories of hundreds of people who are hurting, struggling and desperately trying to find a reason to live, I felt compelled to do something to help them in some way. From that desire, the idea for the short 3-minute video “Ears Wide Open?” was born. The exclusively nonprofit, professionally produced film delivers a poignant message of survival, hope and living.
Already, the video is reaching people and touching them on many levels. It is being shared on Facebook, forwarded via emails and tweeted, and people are watching and listening to its message. We’ve heard the words, “incredibly powerful,” and “life-saving,” from countless viewers. The purpose of my note is to request your help in spreading the message by sharing the video. That’s all, just share the video … our sole motivation in creating it is to reach out to others who are struggling. Together, we can spread the word that life is worth living, that it’s okay to be who you are, that death isn’t the only way out. At the end of the day, if the video reaches just one person and causes them to choose life and to understand that it really does get better … well … that’s what I would call an awesome day indeed.
Thank you for being a voice for change and for giving consideration to helping us help others.