“Be the change you want to see” are the words of Colby Wallace, a Dad on a mission to combat rising suicide rates in Seattle.
In a bid to strengthen mental health among local inhabitants, he launched the “You Matter” campaign.
For the past few weeks Wallace has been putting up signs with positive messages of encouragement along the sidewalks in the area surrounding his daughter’s elementary school in Queen Anne, Seattle.
The 42-year-old felt inspired to do something after hearing of 4 suicides in the county in quick succession.
“These were local high school students and no one was really talking about it,” Wallace explained to Yahoo News.
The signs include messages such as:
“You’re Worthy of Love”
“Don’t Give Up”
“Your Mistakes Don’t Define You”
“I’ve learned that you never know who is struggling,” Wallace said. “Some people seem like they have it together but need to hear this.”
“A woman told me she was in tears after dropping off her daughter at school because the sign made her feel heard.”
The signs definitely seem to be getting noticed and are making an impact, and he hopes that his message will become contagious. Neighbours have even started donating money to him to cover the cost of getting more signs made.
“I don’t know where this thing ends, but for now, for today, this is what we are going to do,” he said. “Don’t give up.”