“Do Something”

These lyrics spoke to my heart from Matthew West’s song, “Do Something!”

“I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

It was just our family’s secret that I was ashamed of too for a very long time. My non-biological brother was only two months older than me; we were both adopted at birth. The truth is that he had to try to fight his demons alone — my brother struggled with serious mental illness for much of his life until passed away this last year. I will never understand why my stepfather, a medical doctor, and my adoptive mother, an retired RN, didn’t try to get him the help he desperately needed.

As my brother’s sister, when I hear news stories like below, I need to know the answer, “How can we as parents, community and society help our young people suffering with mental health issues?”

The other afternoon at around 4:30 pm a 15-year-old came back to his local high school here in Oregon with matches and a gas can; he wanted to start his school on fire. Walking into his chemistry class, he indicated an intent of starting his notebook on fire. The student voluntarily went with the principal to the office. The boy was taken to a hospital on a mental health hold.

Author: JoAnne

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