According to CBSNews, suicide is currently the 10th most common cause of death in the United States. However, one North Carolina teacher is working actively to change that.
32-year-old Brittney Staley, a special education teacher for Polk County high school, loves to make a difference. After losing a loved one on February 8th, 2015 to suicide, Staley was inspired to start the #IAmSomebody Movement. Staley hopes to “inspire, encourage, and uplift” those who suffer from mental illness.
“Losing someone you love is hard, but losing someone to suicide is very hard because there are so many unanswered questions.”
Through her #IAmSomebody movement, Staley hopes to reach as many people as possible who are suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other type of mental illness. Those who suffer from mental illness often feel discouraged and alone. However, words of encourage are sometimes all it takes to help our loved ones see their worth.
Staley is now over 600 days into her movement and has no plans of slowing down. We’ve included a link to her most recent post below. I challenge you to join the movement as well and post your own #IAmSomebody video, offering your own words of encouragement for those who matter to you.