Remember that classic Beatles song released in 1967, “With A Little Help From My Friends”? It’s the kind of song that anyone can sing … gets stuck in your head … makes you want to find a group to do the question and answer lines, right? ‘Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a tune, and I’ll try not to sing out of key’.
Fast forward to today and there are times when things feel very out of tune. Our beautiful little valley is not exempt from tragedy and heartache resulting from the negative consequences of bullying, addiction, eating disorders and depression.
The song goes on to ask, “Do you need anybody?” and as a way of answering YES, a group of teens and adults, parents and professionals, government agencies, businesses and service clubs gathered together just over two years ago to form The Help Project Society. The YES came in the form of developing a website full of resources and contacts for youth and their families to access in times of need. It came in the form of raising awareness on the importance of being open and informed about mental health by using contests, visiting schools, and talking to whomever would listen about the real topics that affect youth. That YES was the acknowledgement that we needed to create a culture of help, to make it easier to “get by with a little help from my friends”.
So, “lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song” and that song asks you to come and see what The Help Project Society is about, to take or make time to join them in their mission in making sure our local youth have all the resources they need to grow and learn and thrive. You don’t have to give endless hours, you can offer your skills as you are able, your time as it works for you, but every little bit makes a difference. The next project the Society is undertaking is a fundraiser and celebration of the ongoing mission to create a culture of help in our towns. Call the library at 604-796-9510 for information on the next planning meeting. After all, the only way to accomplish our goal is when we “try with a little help from our friends”.