Death can be one of the hardest things to cope with as humans. And while of course hearing of anyone’s passing is terrible, there’s something especially tragic about losing a child or teenager. But as somber of an occurrence as it can be, it must also be said that death often brings people together when they need it the most. There is a connectedness in the wake of death that is almost palpable.
This was certainly true for one high school who lost a student to suicide.
According to a Love What Matters submission, everyone at the school was visibly disheartened by the passing of their fellow classmate, so a couple of girls decided to do something about it. Emotionally prompted to take action, the girls decided to stick a colored Post-It note, each with a positive message, on every locker and classroom door in the school.
The Post-Its — which displayed handwritten, encouraging messages like “You are valued,” “You are beautiful,” and “You are loved” — were a simple but beautiful reminder that everyone has something to offer the world. According to the Love What Matters Facebook post that has already garnered over 21K likes, it took the girls 3,600 Post-Its and eight hours to carry out their act of kindness.
But the time and effort was well worth it, as the submitter of the story, Juliana Discher, describes, “I’m so grateful they did because the smiles that day were so bright. There was such a feeling of love and unity throughout the halls.”
When a child takes his or her own life, we are met with the horrible realization that some people feel so alone and trapped in negativity that they think there’s no other way out. Add to this the recent report that one in five kids living in the U.S. show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder but 80 percent of those who need services won’t get them, and we have even more reason to spread hope and positivity in today’s youth.
This is why what the girls did to make sure every single student at their school knew they were appreciated is so incredible. The Post-Its inspired classmates to reach out to one another instead of internalizing their pain. And at a time like this, there’s nothing more important.
“A simple Post-It note,” Discher concluded, “reminded us that it gets better.”
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