Make This Stop | Spoken Word by Licy Be

I sat in my car and cried after hearing of another young suicide the other day here in Australia.


I called home to my family in New Zealand to hear that there have been 25 on the West Coast this year alone, that community only has around 30,000 people and only 10 or so have been reported. When I say my heart is breaking, my heart is BREAKING. When is enough going to be enough? I honestly believe that together WE can help Make This Stop.

One suicide is too many.

Please share and join me in this mission to help Make This Stop. YOU are part of the solution!

Watch Make This Stop Video on Facebook here.

Make This Stop Lyrics

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin, but I know there is something wrong with the way we been living…

My heart is breaking, because we are chasing the wrong enemy, because we are too scared of the complexity, spending all our time trying so hard just to get the right recipe.

We put political correctness on the pedestal, when we have kids that are too scared to even go to school… We make sure we say the right thing or nothing at all, meanwhile we’re actually letting the lies that live inside our minds rule…

"I’m no good", "you’d be better off without me", "nobody wants me here"…

Just because it’s not spoken out loud doesn’t mean it’s not screaming in somebody’s ear!

I’ve heard of parents that don’t know what to do, they’re too scared to speak to their kids what they know inside to be true, all because they don’t have a piece of paper that say’s qualified mental health educator, and that’s not their fault, but it is a reflection of the fear that has gripped our society that as a result.

We have been silenced, even sometimes governments don’t report, because they are so scared of what might be thought, fear has pins us down, but we aren’t doing any favours to those that need us now.

I know we don’t have all the answers, but being too scared to try isn’t one of them…

We need to reach out and love people, not make fun of them.

This young guy that lost his life said this "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me", I’m sorry but I don’t know what’s worse, words that taunt and curse, or saying nothing at all to someone that hurts… and I’m in no way throwing blame, in fact those bullies will now need more support now in order to live with their own pain… but honestly this is what I can say, we have a responsibly to help things change, this is our problem, these are our people, we gotta see that the solution doesn’t only rest in the hands of professionals, yes I 100% believe that we need to see our GPs, counsellors, pastors, psychs, professional help as a first step is right… But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing we can do, see we are part of this picture but we need to choose to care, get educated on the help that’s out there, there’s a myth I want to dispel, asking if someone is ok doesn’t hurt it helps…

Can you hear me, yes I’m talking to you, see you carry hope and you don’t even know it, you have something in you that someone else needs, but are you bold enough to show it?

This aint a flick through your FB, iPhone between ordering your latte on the way home kinda moment, this is one of those conversations where you have a chance to choose, will I switch off, or own it…

I’m speaking to you, because there IS something you can do, you can love like never before, you can reach out to the person next door, on a bus, talk after class or send a nice text if you must, but there’s this little voice inside that you gotta learn to trust, not the one that brings you down, the one that lifts you up, the one that say’s speak, not shut up…

Our love needs to be louder than the pain, louder than the shame, we need break down the wall of stigma so it can never stand again…

We need to reach out and not in, speak hope and blessings, build up not tear down, encourage those that need it now…

I don’t claim to be an expert, I claim to care, please, don’t switch off, because this is message we all need to share.

I know it’s not always obvious, I know its complex, I know every situation is different but let’s try to do our best with what we’ve got, cos in the end, little by little if we work together we can help Make This Stop.

If you need help contact;

Lifeline 13 11 14 Kids Helpline 1800551800 Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36 Youthline 0800 376 633 Lifeline NZ 0800 543 354 TheHopeLine has 24/7 online hope coaches, you cant chat from anywhere around the world Crisis/EMERGENCY NZ 111 Crisis/EMERGENCY AU 000

Thank you Suicide Prevention Australia for promptly reviewing the video content & all the work you do to raise awareness.

#depression #spokenword #poetry #licybe #suicideprevention #suicide #suicideawareness #lifeline

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