"There is a future for us and it is greater than any fairy tale!" ~ Kingdom of Lost Children
There is more to the stories of, The Book of Ren and The Book of Shadows, then Just fantasy fiction!
Did you know?
Although it is impossible to calculate the full extent, according to ILO and WHO statistics, it is estimated that 5.7 million children are in forced or bonded labour, 1.8 million in prostitution or pornography and 1.2 million fell victim to trafficking in the year 2000 alone.
Ten percent of the proceeds of the special edition, illustrated book, The Book of Ren, will be donated to , a charity that offers education and help to disadvantaged parents and a safe home for their children if they are unable to care for them. With sites in Hong Kong, China, India and Cambodia, children who might otherwise end up neglected, abused or exploited for money are provided with love, food, education and safety.
If the plight of children in these situations touches you, you can help more by volunteering your time and skills, giving a small donation or spreading the word.
You may feel like you don’t have enough to offer or that your contribution is too small to matter, but there are now approximately 8 billion people on this planet. If we each offered a little, imagine what a difference that would make!
How can we stop this killer?
A note from the author.
A few years ago, I sank into the worst depression of my life. The only way to describe it, would be a feeling of being trapped in a deep, dark pit, with the light at the top, slowly closing in to consume me. The weight of feelings of uselessness, worthlessness and despair is so overpowering, you feel physical pain.
Thankfully, through my love for my son, with support from my husband, professional help and my belief in God, I was able to pull out of it.
Many who have suffered depression like this, don’t. A close family member of mine, sadly succumbed to suicide, in what should have been the prime of his life. Few people realise that suicide has become the third leading cause of death in young people today.
WHO estimates a death occurs due to suicide every forty seconds worldwide. That is approximately one million people per year. Suicide rates have increased sixty percent in the past forty years, with the highest rates of cases occurring between the ages of fifteen to forty five years. They are escalating at such a rate, it is predicted, death due to suicide, will increase to one death every twenty seconds by 2020.
How can we stop this killer? Quite simply by caring for each other. Take notice of your friends, family and neighbours. If you see someone displaying the following signs, get help straight away:
Appearing sad or withdrawn most of the time.
Displaying feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, guilt, shame
Feeling trapped – that there is no way out
Strong anger or rage/experiencing dramatic mood changes
Experiencing a change in eating and/or sleeping habits
Losing interest in most activities.
Performing poorly at school or work.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important you talk to someone straight away. If you are considering suicide, call your local emergency hotline now. If you need someone to talk to, approach a trusted family member, friend or teacher. Worldwide suicide help hotlines are available on: http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html
There are many complex reasons people suffer from depression or that trigger depression but whoever you are and whatever you are going through, please know, depression is not something to be ashamed of or vilified. You are not alone. Get help now and remember, your life is special, you are valuable and your life is important.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5