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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Your Life Matters

Life is important. You are important. No matter how hard you’re going through, you matter most especially to God. Sometimes, bad experiences drag people into hopelessness and discouragement. Unless, there are people who are willing to reach out their hands to help them up, they will slowly slide down to depression and even suicide.

I commend organizations that cater to the needs of these people. One of them is To Write Love on Her Arms. It is a non-profit movement aiming to give hope and find help for people who are struggling with addiction, depression and suicide. The organization works to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Some may not agree with the tattooing but still the purpose of the movement is to show love to a person who thinks that dying is the only way out. If you can rescue one from such dark feeling and lead him toward God’s light, it doesn’t matter if you have tattoo or none.

According to their website, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression- that is according to the World Health Organization and according to the US National Institue of Mental Health, about 18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. The NIMH also says that depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem and about 2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment, which makes it the number one cause of suicide; third leading cause of death among teenagers.

The US Surgeon General’s Survey in 1999, between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression.

Isn’t it becoming so alarming? Those statistics are in US alone. What about in the other parts of the world?

Let us all unite in love and make this world a better place to live.

I would like to re-post this part of an article from the blog site: so far so good so what, dated June 25, 2010. I hope I can help promote the activity.

“I Matter is having a free concert with 13 bands at Eldridge Park in Elmira, New York on Saturday July 31 at 12 noon. Gates open at 11am for more info log onto or send an email to You may also contact Glad Tiding Christian Church 116 Breesport Road Horseheads New York 14845 607-796-9568”

Map of Eldridge Park, Elmira, New York, USA
Go to Google Maps for a better look

May God bless us all.

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