Since my platform is mental illness,I volunteered at an event by Kid’s Help Phone. Kid’s Help Phone is an incredible organization. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a free, anonymous line kids can call and talk about any problems going on in their lives. Whether they need help for a difficult family situation, are dealing with abuse, or even just need someone to listen to them, that’s the place to call.
It was so incredible seeing how passionate some of the participants were. In particularly, there were two teams I met, one of which raised over $6000, and one who raised over $8000. Everybody was outstandingly positive and generous, and it was an inspiration to be apart of such an event.
Honestly, this event was very significant for me. Having challenges throughout my childhood really shaped my character, although some were very difficult to get through. On several occasions, I have called, and it really helped me. One of my favourite things is that you don’t have to worry about anybody else finding out. I didn’t have to worry about people at school learning about my personal life, or gossip being spread about me. I really wish that people with such personal problems or worries didn’t feel so embarrassed and ashamed of their lives. It’s seriously so common, and there are so many understanding and empathetic people who can relate. If you don’t feel like you can tell anyone, there’s always Kid’s Help Phone. Its open 24/7, is free, bilingual and anonymous. If you or anybody you know needs to talk, the number is 1-800-668-6868.