Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 10 to 29, with males accounting for more than 71% of all suicides last year. (Samaritans of Singapore, 2019)
When our youths brave through mental health issues, there's always 2 sides to their stories.
As we come alongside them, are we relieving—or even contributing to— their loneliness?
Remember: there's always 2 sides to the story.
Attempts to reach out for help, but fearful of showing brokenness.
"I'm too busy."
"I'm not ready to help."
She definitely feels guilt for causing her friend more pain by ignoring the silent cries for help.
He's best in sports but lost in own pains, trapped in own pursuits.
Facing the reality of a broken family, he escapes into a virtual world.
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Cru Singapore presents a short story on lives impacted by mental health issues. When a youth is afflicted, the people around him/her are also impacted—family, friends, colleagues, community members, etc..
There's always 2 sides to a story. Mental health issues are never simple.
We hope this simple video will spur us all to think—and act—appropriately and creatively. For Christians who are helping, may our posture always be one that places God at the centre, not ourselves.
*Although all characters and events depicted in this short film are entirely fictitious, some of the cast members have prior personal experience with loneliness and anxiety. They have not only contributed their time and talents to the video production, but also precious thoughts on the subject matter. From the bottom of our hearts, thank YOU.
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