“Church, it’s time we up our game. Suicide prevention is our fight.”
The “Blue Whale Challenge,” also called the “Blue Whale game,” and “F57,” is a “game” that investigators believe to have started in Russia, and has been the cause of multiple teen deaths by suicide. Kids are literally being blackmailed and threatened into harming themselves and others.
Two men committed suicide at the age of 21, but the attempts took place 10 years apart. Only one of the two men survived, and he's now the first person in the United States to wear another person's face.
Society sends us the message that we are supposed to be joyful, and that the holidays are a time for celebration and connecting with people we love. But all we know is that we feel worse than ever.
But the thing about this new normal is that the void never goes away. The new normal never really becomes *normal* normal to you because you know what the real normal is supposed to look like. You experienced the authentic version.
One year ago today, I wasn’t the same person. I was an empty shell that barely even went through the motions. I wasn’t living. I was just there. One year ago today, I made a choice. I made a choice to live for the days I had missed and all the days that were to come. 365 days. 52 weeks. 12 months. 1 year. 1 year ago.