I spoke three separate times on Wed., Jan. 21st, to regional high school students on the topic of clinical/chronic depression.
In each session, I made the following comment: “Having a son of my own who died as a result of clinical depression…., I must tell you, honestly, I did not want to do this. However,….if I can reach just one student early enough to prevent them from doing something tragic to themselves, thereby preventing their family from enduring what we, ourselves, have faced, I will do this a million times.”
Before I even got back to my office after the final session I received an email from a student thanking me and asking for help.
But then….the following day (Thursday) I got the following message from an area high school counselor:
“Nick, a student here, who heard you speak yesterday, came by today to tell us the following: the student shared, ‘Last night I swallowed an entire bottle of pills (to end my life.) But then i made myself throw up because ‘I couldn’t stop thinking about that man who lost his son.’ This student is now receiving help for their depression!”
When I first saw the message I couldn’t stop weeping.
The last thing the high school counselor said in their message was this: “God continues to use Jordan Blake Watts to change lives.”
For Narnia, Nick