Just last month, a 16-year-old Philadelphia boy shot and killed himself at his high school. An Eagle Scout and volunteer junior firefighter, Shane Halligan had recently received poor grades on his report card. Shane reportedly had an Internet conversation with someone the night before he killed himself, saying he may be going away for a very long time. How did this young man slip through the fingers of his own family and community, Dr. Robin asks.
In your own life, how many signs have you missed about other people's sorrow and pain? Maybe someone you know and love has been talking about loneliness, isolation, sadness and despair, and you hear it, but you don't really hear it. "You've poo-pooed it, you have diminished it, you've denied it, you've minimized it," Dr. Robin says. "Today, take totally seriously your feelings and the feelings of all the people who are around you. We don't want to lose the people we love."
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013