Two years ago, when I was in the depth of depression, I couldn't imagine surviving until I was 18. That seemed impossible. Yet here I am today, 18 years old and glad to be alive. Impossible, yes, but true.
I want to ask you to help me celebrate my birthday in a very special way. Will you join my "18 Seconds to Save a Life" campaign?
If you have 18 seconds a day to spare for 18 days, then this is for you. All I ask is that you take 18 seconds each day from October 1st (my birthday) to October 18th (the feast of St. Luke, my namesake) and do one--just one each day--of the following:
1. Pray for someone—by name, if you can—who is depressed or suicidal, even if it's yourself.
2. Greet someone who seems lonely or out of place around others.
3. Share my campaign through social media, email, or in person. You can use the image above to link to this post.
It really takes only 18 seconds. These videos prove it:
I'm also asking you to change your banner on your social media to spread this campaign and explode the stigma of depression:
My goal is to reach 1,000 shares to know that we're touching lives and saving teens (and maybe not-teens, too). Your network is powerful, so use it for something good. Very good.
I'd love to hear how you spend your 18 seconds each day by leaving a comment here, on Facebook, or Google+. And add the hashtag #my18seconds so others can see how many people are sharing!
I want every teen to celebrate their 18th birthday . . . and more.