A father in Seattle places signs with the text & # 39; Do not Give Up & # 39; and & # 39; You Are Enough & # 39; in his neighborhood after he heard about an alarming peak in local teen suicides.
Colby Wallace, a 42-year-old father who lived at home in the Queen Anne neighborhood of the city, was summoned to take action after hearing four teenagers who committed suicide in King County last month.
& # 39; I learned that you never know who is struggling, & # 39; he said Yahoo Lifestyle. & # 39; Some people seem to have it together, but need to hear this. & # 39;
& # 39; Do not Give Up & # 39 ;: Colby Wallace, a 42-year-old father living in Seattle, started placing motivational signs in his Queen Anne neighborhood this month to fight a peak in local suicides among teenagers
Inspiration: he was inspired by the Do not Give Up movement, started by Amy Wolff in 2017. The mother started spreading motivational signs to fight the suicide rate in her own community
Wallace, who has two daughters of five and nine years old, is inspired by the Do not Give Up movement that was started in 2017 by Amy Wolff.
The mother from Newberg, Oregon, began spreading motivational signs a few years ago to combat suicide in her own community and now sells everything from wristbands and emblems with inspiring sentences through her non-profit organization.
After a friend told him about Wolff, Wallace called her and spent $ 105 on 15 characters, as well as $ 30 for 200 wristbands to spread in his neighborhood in May, which is the Mental Health Awareness month.
& # 39; You & # 39; re Worthy of Love & # 39 ;, & # 39; You Matter & # 39; and & # 39; Your Errors Do not Define You & # 39; belong to the spells on the plates.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Washington state for 10-24 year old youth and the third leading cause of death at national level, according to Washington State Department of Health.
Dedicated: After a friend told him about Wolff, Wallace called her and spent $ 105 on 15 characters, as well as $ 30 for 200 wristbands to spread around his neighborhood.
Support system: on Mother's Day, Wallace, his wife Tina and their daughters Caelyn and Chloey published the signs in public places in the city
Motivational phrases: & # 39; You & # 39; re Worthy of Love & # 39 ;, & # 39; You Matter & # 39; and & # 39; Your Errors Do not Define You & # 39; belong to the spells on the plates
Last month, public health officials reported that two 16-year-old girls, a 17-year-old girl, and a 17-year-old boy in King County committed suicide over the course of four days.
On Mother's Day, Wallace, his wife Tina, and their daughters Caelyn and Chloey published the signs in public places in the city, especially around elementary school.
A sign with the text & # 39; Do not Give Up & # 39; was strategically placed on a steep hill for cyclists to see during their climb.
Wallace said an older woman came to him and said: & # 39; Thank you very much, because people my age really should hear this. & # 39;
Good idea: a sign with the text & # 39; Do not Give Up & # 39; was strategically placed on a steep hill for cyclists to see during their climb
Spread of the word: the primary school of his daughters contained the characters in his newsletters and called them the & # 39; You Matter & # 39; campaign
Group effort: other members of the community have started donating money to Wallace for new orders and are now helping him distribute the signs in the city
Another woman who praised him for his efforts told him that she tore after dropping her daughter into school & # 39; because the sign made her feel like she was being heard & # 39 ;.
The father told Yahoo Style that someone broke off his signs, either bent the metal posts or completely stole them.
However, it did not deter him. He even thinks that the person who takes the sign can be someone who should hear the messages & # 39 ;.
After his daughters' elementary school mentioned the signs in his newsletters and called them the & # 39; You Matter & # 39; campaign, other community members began donating money to Wallace for new orders and now helping him sign the signs spreading.
Crowdfunding: Wallace started a page with Go Fund Me last week to collect $ 1,050 for more plates. Within four days, 23 people donated a total of $ 835 to his fundraiser
Goal: & # 39; His roots come from suicide, but the message is so many different things about & # 39 ;, he said about the signs
So far, Wallace has spent $ 400 on new plates and last Saturday he started with one Go to Fund me page to raise $ 1,050 for even more. Within four days, 23 people donated a total of $ 835 to his fundraiser.
& # 39; His roots come from suicide, but the message comes from so many different things & he said Good morning America.
& # 39; If the signs can change someone's way of thinking so that they may act nicer around the world, it can create healing to make the world a little better place. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Wolff told GMA that she was bombed & # 39; was with orders since the Wallace signs went viral.
"The great thing is that there are different people with Colby & # 39; s big heart across the country who do the same thing," she said. & # 39; I am overwhelmed by the impact of the movement. & # 39;
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