A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, It made a difference to that one!”
Many people may think that we cannot make a difference that really matters to people in this world. Talking about teenage suicide is not a popular subject. But the fact is it has become an ever growing phenomenon in our society today. While society is hard to change, we can make a difference. A difference was made for two of my former students below.
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I received the following letter from a student in my class who was a straight A student and no one had a clue to the things she revealed in this letter.
I’ve been going through a lot of stuff the past 2.5 years. When I moved here I was devastated and became depressed. Now, 2.5 years later, it is barely starting to get better because of my Health class with you.
I was very bitter, hateful and angry. Along with the depression came self-destruction in the form of drugs, cutting and suicide attempts. I cannot count all the cuts I have on my body or the number of pills I have put in my mouth while trying to kill myself. My depression was not getting better, but only worse and worse. This year my self-destruction has gotten much worse and cutting myself doesn’t even hurt anymore – it feels good. Last school year alone I attempted suicide at least 20 times. As you can see, I failed every time. I am now starting to appreciate that failure.
Going through your Health class has helped me realize there are other options for my bad situations. In some of our class discussions I would be sitting at my desk with tears in my eyes and my heart breaking inside. After being in this class I have learned how to communicate my feelings better and have talked to my parents about my problems and am now getting help. I am on medicine for my depression, in counseling and am rarely left by myself. Things are still tough right now, but eventually they will be better and I will be stable. I don’t know if I would still be alive if it weren’t for the things I have learned in your Health class.
I love your class and our curriculum. I haven’t had self-esteem in ages and the Bumble Bee activity shows me that there is nothing wrong with me and I am accepted for who I am. I feel like it would be a big mistake to change this class in any way. If it weren’t for this class, I might not be alive and getting better.
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