In a compelling video, Shandy Longcore, founder of Embracing Imperfections, urges schools to collaborate on presentations addressing the alarming prevalence of youth suicide. Drawing from her personal experience, she promises impactful and uplifting discussions to empower students with knowledge and support.
Looking back, Shandy herself has trouble understanding how something so seemingly trifling could have prompted her to put a rifle to her chest and pull the trigger. But at the age of 10, through the lens of a youngster, — at any age — some things can seem insurmountable. Somehow, Shandy survived. And left the comfort of a corporate job to draw a line in the sand about suicide and start a serious conversation. She knows what it’s like to feel as though there’s nothing left to live for. But she also realizes how there is power and the opportunity to turn things around in connecting with another person. The search for meaning and hope can be tough. But Shandy will inspire you to keep trying. Let her walk with you and your pain.
Those are some of the words audiences are using to describe Shandy Longcore as she presents her story of wisdom, health, humor and hope. Chances are you’ll see some of your own life reflected in hers. Let her help you see and hear and feel the visceral threads that connect us all.
This world is filled with grace and beauty, but perfection is elusive outside the spiritual realm. Despite societal pressures from makeup to diets and social media, Shandy urges you to navigate through superficial ideals and embark on a quest for truth. Embracing imperfections, she encourages focusing on our unique gifts and sharing them with others. Let's abandon the pursuit of perfection and instead cultivate the authentic shape and pace of our lives.
You can make a significant impact in suicide prevention. The 988 Lifeline offers round-the-clock, confidential assistance at no cost, catering to individuals in distress. It also provides valuable prevention and crisis resources for you, your family, or friends, along with expert guidance for professionals in the United States. For more information, refer to this valuable resource at the 988 Lifeline.