A few weeks ago I typed the phrase “help me please” into Google. What came back was extraordinary, as you can read below.
But first of all, you might be wondering – why did I do it?
Well, please don’t worry, it wasn’t that I was on the brink of jumping off something tall. But on the other hand, I did type those words into Google. So why? Well, for one thing, like most people, I’ve had the odd crisis in the past, and during those times of confusion and despair, I could really have done with some help, and I may be in that position again one day, so it’s good to know where to look. On top of that, I suppose I wanted to reassure myself that there are lifelines out there for others, not just me; lifelines that anyone who is facing difficult times can grab hold of.
So, what web pages will the world offer you, if you’re so desperate in an unfocused, overwhelmed kind of way, that all you can manage is general cry for help, to anyone, anywhere – a last-ditch appeal through those three poignant words, “HELP ME PLEASE”?
When I tried this, I was pleased to see the Samaritans at the top of the list. This was what I expected. The Samaritans must save so many lives and I applaud their work. If you are too despondent to read ANYTHING and need to talk to a real person, now, then PLEASE call the Samaritans on 116 123 (UK) or 1 (800) 273-TALK (USA). (http://www.samaritans.org).
But another website there on the front page was something totally unexpected. It’s an extraordinary collection of web pages that had me captivated for hours as I read page after page over the course of a week. The address is simply helpmeplease.com. The text in this website is so authentic, so human, so “from the heart” – and most importantly, so reassuring & calming. It’s written by a guy called Neil from British Columbia, Canada. He’s a reputed cartoonist, but to pigeonhole him as that would be a deep injustice. When you begin to read what he has written on helpmeplease.com you soon realise that he is giving so much more to the world through his emotive, heartfelt writing.
I have no hesitation in inviting you to read some of these pages. Even if not for your own use, just in case you come across someone, somewhere, who needs the kind of help that this website can offer.
It won’t be for everyone, and it won’t apply to all situations. Certainly, if you need very specific practical help with a very specific problem, this is not the place to look.
But on the other hand, if you’re not looking for practical help with a specific problem, and if you’re not so much life-threateningly-desperate as lost, aimless, unfulfilled or helpless; if you’re facing some kind of personal or midlife crisis; if you no longer think you can make a difference in the world; if you think it’s “too late” or you’ve “missed the boat” – then at helpmeplease.com you might well find words of comfort & inspiration; pointers on how to take your next step, how to get yourself back into the world, to a place where you can give of your best and live your best life.
Even though I would recommend seeking immediate help from, say, the Samaritans if you have any kind of suicidal feelings, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if people in that positon find helpmeplease.com and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it has saved lives.
Here’s what one reader wrote in the comments:
Thank you so much….after typing in “Help me please” I never would have expected such a heartfelt response. You have touched my heart and soul today. What a Wonderful site, please continue…I am ever greatful [sic].
Isn’t that wonderful!
Neil, for bringing the world helpmeplease.com, I salute you.