I read somewhere that every 16 minutes
give or take a few seconds
a suicide is commited.
What a fact, huh?
A life taken
because he or she feels they cannot go on
because others cannot see the pain
that is so expertly masked
by a fake smile and a fake laugh
More often than not,
you cannot easily tell when someone is faking a smile.
but if you listen to the words they speak
and the jokes they tell
the truth will be waiting in between the lines
just hoping that someone will catch on
and offer a hand.
And if a hand is not offered...
a life is no longer living
a friend, a child,
a HUMAN BEING
is no longer alive
because nobody took the initiative to say
"Can I help in any way?"
"Are you okay?"
Nobody will get angry with you for caring.
So offer a hand.
Take the initiative.
Don't let the person you care about take his or her own life
all because they thought
that no one cared.