One of the primary goals of the aMasongrace project is to raise awareness about the growing epidemic of teen suicide. The links below provide vital information about suicide prevention, traditional signs for ‘at risk’ behavior, support hotlines for those who need help in difficult moments, as well as information on support for those who have lost a loved one. While the aMasongrace project is not formally affiliated with any of these organizations, it seemed appropriate to point people in the direction of some organizations that exist to offer professional help.
It is also important to acknowledge that more and more often, there are no signs, no clues, no advance warning. One in five teen suicides show no warning signs. Mason was the ‘1 in 5’ – he was not chronically depressed, he wasn’t bullied, and he did not fit any of the traditional criteria for suicide. He made a snap decision on a day like any other day, a normal day in the life of a typical 14-year-old. He couldn’t have grasped the far reaching, life changing consequences of his actions. It truly was a tragic accident of the worst kind, a robbery of life, an irreparable slice right through the heart of each person who loved him.
So how can we possibly hope to help someone when we cannot rely on ‘signs’ to predict a potentially fatal mistake? We believe that Mason’s story will serve for the good of others. This horrific end to a terrific young man’s life, the permanence of his action, forever changed the hearts and lives of all those around him. The aMasongrace project is using Mason’s story to help others understand the impact of snap decisions. The hope is that when tough moments come, and they will, each teen will draw upon the knowledge that moments do pass. It is possible to get through and we want to encourage students to stay. All lives have value, and we hope to convince teens that their lives matter.
If you or someone you know is struggling, if you are in what seems like the toughest moment of your life, please get help. Seek out support. Call a help line and speak with a trained counselor who has experience walking people through their toughest moments.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! YOU ARE LOVED! YOUR LIFE IS VALUABLE!
Moments Pass. Please Stay. You Matter.