What is Say Something Week ?
Say Something Week (October 24th - 28th, 2016) was started after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT December 14, 2012. It is an awareness week for the school, and a remembrance day of the tragic event. Most importantly, it is a week to promote change.
The idea behind "say something" is that if you see something that doesn't seem right, say something to a trusted adult. By saying something you could prevent something bad from happening. Whether it is seeing a suspicious person on school grounds, or hearing or feeling as though someone may hurt others, or themselves.
I was introduced to "Say Something Week" last year, my senior year of high school. It is when I first heard of the message, but it is also when I was involved in the message.
The Friday of Say Something Week 2015, I was called down to my school social worker's office. Some of my friends, anonymously, and some openly, had reached out to someone out of concern for my safety and well-being. It was a day that had jumpstarted everything for me as far as my help and support goes. My mom was called to the school for a meeting, and later that night I met with a crisis worker from the "2-1-1" helpline.
That day happened during Say Something Week for me, but it can happen any day of the year. I'm grateful now that people cared enough to express their concerns for me, and to make sure I was getting the help I needed and deserved.
www.sandyhookpromise.org states, "Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and save lives when they Say Something to a trusted adult."
Be a voice for others, and use your voice to make a change. You can not go wrong by saying something if you feel uneasy.
A Boston social work student, using writing for healing. Sharing the peaks and valleys of an empath's mental health journey.