I really don’t know what it’s like to feel invisible. I was 6 foot tall before I was 16 years old, so I’ve always stood out in (or at least above) a crowd. I would often have loved to be invisible.
But I certainly know what it’s like to feel that life is painful … that life is disappointing … or that I don’t matter when, or how, or to whom, I NEED to matter.
And while I may have WISHED for a little invisibility from time to time, I know that for someone to truly feel invisible, is a terrible wound to the soul.
To anyone who has dealt with the other end of the ‘visible’ spectrum, a reminder, and an assurance:
You are not invisible.
Who you are MATTERS.
Even when you don’t think so.
Even when someone important has told you you don’t.
Even if the voice inside tells you that every day; it isn’t true.
You are NOT invisible.
You are not forgotten.
Your life, your story, they matter.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. This week has been National Suicide Prevention Week. Whether you feel invisible or not, if you ever think that the world would be better off without you, or that the pain you feel will never get better, please know: THOSE ARE LIES.
talk to someone who knows what it’s like and KNOWS HOW to help…
trust that the darkness can be conquered…
don’t give up!
To Write Love on Her Arms also has directories of local groups who help people get through a crisis:
Resource page, to find local help, by state: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/
Resource Page to find help based on the problem for which you need help: https://twloha.com/find-help/help-by-topic/
Please note that they also have a section specific to Veterans on the topic page.
You can also find the numbers for local and national, 24 hour, free helplines on all the local pages.
If you happen to be someone who needs some hope, needs some help, today, it’s worth it. YOU are worth it.
And if you are concerned about someone else, the resources above can help, but this article also has a simple process to make it a little less stressful to offer help: