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Sleep Forever

By December 13, 2021No Comments

i’m just truly ready to be asleep forever. don’t give me the numbers. they will probob;y not accept me bc im 11

DO THIS NOW:

  • We get it. You feel like no one will listen to you because you’re 11. That sounds so incredibly lonely, so we want you to know that there are people that will listen – to anyone, doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a kid. Emotions are real at any age, and you deserve to be heard!
  • Can you think of anyone in your life that you could talk to? A teacher, a guidance counselor, a friend’s parent, someone in your family, a spiritual/religious leader. You never know that someone will listen to you until you try. And that’s the hardest part – speaking up and saying that you’re not ok. PLEASE SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF!
  • If you really just can’t think of anyone to talk to right now, don’t close yourself off to calling a hotline. People that really want to listen and help are on the other end of the phone. You can call 1-800-273-8255 or text HELP to 741741 ANYTIME day or night when you feel alone and like giving up. Please let them try to help before you decide that they won’t.

WHEN YOU’RE READY:

  • Since you’re a little unsure about the hotlines, also consider making a plan to get support when you really need it. This is a great thing to have since it’s hard to know what you need or who to turn to when your feelings overwhelm you. Check out the Support Plan in the TOOLS section.
  • It sounds like you may have been feeling really sad for a while. Have you ever learned about depression? That idea about wanting to go to sleep forever sounds like you want whatever pain you’re feeling to stop. Depression can feel so overwhelming and tough to get over. Some people don’t understand that people don’t choose to be depressed – it happens to them. People like counselors and therapists are trained to help you work through this, and there are many really good therapists out there. Any adult in your life could help you find someone to talk to, even the people on the hotlines. Consider reading about Depression in the LEARN section of Teen Central.
  • Consider that people deal with sadness and depression and all kinds of tough feelings by doing things they like – even if right now you just don’t like things the same way you used to. That happens. Try to remember what you enjoy – is it art, music, dancing, going outside, exercising, watching your favorite shows, making things? It doesn’t matter what it is, what matters is that you enjoy it. Can you do something you enjoy for at least 10 minutes a day? Just 10 minutes a day can make a difference in how we feel. If you need some ideas about what to do, check out the WELLNESS section in LEARN and lots of different options in TOOLS.