Following on from this thread, I’d love a place where we can share more ‘moving’ or inspirational stories of our community. Large or small, the stories where our community or ‘family’ has been able to impact the real, personal lives of members, has been able to create friendships and a sense of belonging that help them grow as people. After all, that’s what we’re really there for.
Later, I may share how my community saved my life, and also other smaller stories, but first, here’s a story from a few years back when I wasn’t part of the community.
Since my site focuses on the last year of high school, round September-December, it’s exploding with high stress. Soon before exams, a major member posted that she just wanted to give up and end her life because she could no longer cope with the pressure.
The entire community rallied round. Members were calling her, supporting her, telling her reasons why they needed her still and loved her, encouraging her to call Lifeline, requesting her to hold on and keep replying till they were sure she was safe. With their support, she was able to pull through. Out of the community spirit born from this event, a new mental health initiative sprang up on the site (which was sadly abandoned two years later after misuse, but the support it provided during that time time was truly amazing).
And you? It doesn’t have to be life-and-death situations - anything.