Those Little Extra Steps

Charlotte officer sits on ground to speak with autistic high schooler ‘with history of displaying violent behavior’

Today’s article isn’t directly about mental health/mental illness, but it spotlights the simplest thing we can all do when it comes to helping someone who is suffering – show empathy. “Dispatched after the teen left his high school’s campus and claims he may have been suicidal, the officer sat next to him on the ground, talked things through and even got him laughing.” He didn’t judge, jump to conclusions, or rush through the call to do something else, he sat with him, talked to him and listened to him. And because he did, the boy was able to get help. Yes, it cost him time. And chances are he didn’t full understand what the young man was suffering from/through, but he was willing to sit with him.

“Sometimes taking those extra little steps makes the biggest difference in someone’s life.”

Sometimes that’s all we need – to know that someone is there with us. To physically see and experience the presence of another person, especially when our mind has led us to believe that we are alone in this world. We aren’t. You aren’t. There is help, there are people out there who will sit with you, listen to you and make you laugh if that’s what you need.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, you can text ‘Go’ to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. It’s free and confidential; and someone is available to talk to you 24/7. Visit their website at for more information. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) or NAMI (800-950-6264) for support and local referrals.

To celebrate the release of my new book, Stay With Me, as well as commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month, I will be posting articles and links on the subject through the month of May. Please share this with your friends and family. And don’t forget to get a copy of my book. Go to for more information.

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