Teacher's Response to Student's Suicide Attempt Makes a Difference in Over 100 Lives

Teacher writes the sweetest messages to her students

Words are such a powerful tool -- they can stay with us for a lifetime. After discovering that one of her English students tried to commit suicide, Brittni Darras felt absolutely helpless -- but certain she needed to do something. After speaking with the student's mother, Darras penned a letter to the girl that turned into an unforgettable project. This high school teacher's encouraging letters to her students go above and beyond the call of duty, but will move you to pay it forward to those in your life.

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After hearing of her student's warm response to her letter, and thinking about how the young girl didn't believe anyone would miss her if she took her life, Brittni refused to let the power of her pen stop with one person. So she wrote 130 notes to each and every one of her English students, telling them how special they are, and how much they matter.

Darras posted photos of her personal notes to students on Facebook, reminding us about the importance of kind words and suicide awareness.

Powerful.

I can only imagine the light this letter brought to that young girl's heart -- and her mother, too.

What this teacher did likely saved a life. The truth is, none of us has any idea what someone is dealing with behind closed doors. In a world of trolling and harsh words, it's so amazing to see that beautiful acts of kindness can still go a long way.

As Brittni writes:

Suicide is growing to be more and more common, and I can’t help but to think that it’s a direct result of the pressure we put on these kids -- to be successful, to fit in, to be the best in their class/sport/etc.

We need to remember that each human being is unique, and that is what makes them special. Instead of trying to change it, we need to embrace it, because together, we can make a difference, and we can save lives! #‎suicideawareness

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These students are fortunate to have such a loving teacher, and Brittni is just as lucky to have them. Seeing her dedication to her class really makes me think about my surrounding community, my family, and whether or not my influence is helping or hindering someone on his or her journey. It's so easy to get caught up in our own world that we fail to pay it forward.

Thank you, Brittni, for reminding us about what's important. As a mother, I can only hope my boys cross paths with someone like you.

 

For those in need of immediate assistance, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.

 

 

 

Image via Brittni Darras/Facebook

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