So I was in the doctors again today, and a basket of bright orange wristbands caught my eye. They are the generic now popular "for a cause" bands, in hot convict orange, with a little business card (again orange) stapled around them. UBC has a suicide prevention campaign going. The poster graphic on the card has two cute anthropomorpic figures forming a gentle arch with their arms. One labelled "help" and the other "hope". The back of course has the standard list of phone numbers. The band itself has inwards-embossed block letters that read "Reach Out" and "1-800-SUICIDE".
I'm thinking of wearing it. I know there are people out there, and I don't want them to be ashamed. I want them to know that they're not alone. I guess it's the advocate in me, because I see a silent stigmatization making a minority suffer even more. how can I say anything else? Suicide Awareness is a worthy cause in my mind, right up there with breast cancer.
But then I really don't like drawing attention to myself. On the other hand though, can I even resist wearing something so pretty? I DO love bright orange so. ^_-