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Overcoming Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts
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3 years ago Julie didn't feel like she had a purpose anymore and was losing her will to live. Julie was going to be switching schools again and the fear of being all alone without friends was too much to bear.
Julie was self-harming regularly at the time, and had plans to end her life during that year's Warped Tour music festival. On the first day of the festival, however, a man named Nate changed her life forever with 9 simple words.
Nate told Julie "How is your day going? I care about you". Hearing that somebody cared about her made Julie break down in tears of joy. Julie and her friend shared a group hug with Nate, entered a raffle that Nate was hosting, and then carried on with their day.
The following day Warped Tour had ended and Julie's feelings of hopelessness returned. For some reason she felt prompted to check her email that morning and came across one from Nate Hilbert. He wrote that he went through all the raffle entries looking for Julie's email because her story touched him and he felt he needed to reach out to her.
Julie had never been shown that much love and compassion before, and was blown away by Nate reaching out the way he did. She was so touched, in fact, that she made the conscious decision never to self-harm again.
One month later Julie replied to Nate's email thanking him and letting him know that his caring words had such an impact on her that she was one month clean. Every month on the same day Julie continued to email Nate letting him know that she was another month clean.
Julie stayed clean for the entire year and rejoiced with Nate when Warped Tour came back to town. 3 years have now gone by and Julie is still clean from self-harm.
This story goes to prove that one person, with a few caring words, has the power to drastically change somebody's life. You never know what someone is going through and how much your words or actions can affect them.