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Welcome to Building Life


Building Life is a project that grew out of community response to the increased number of teen suicides in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in 2008. The project emphasizes the value of life in its purpose and direction, and the importance of living life well in relationship to others. Music, video, awareness and service continue to encourage teens’ insight and action to avoid becoming overwhelmed by disappointment, fear, or depression.

Building Life offers events, service projects, web-based resources and educational opportunities for both youth and adults to support teens in their lives and life-building.

EMPTY SEAT PSA
 

 

"Empty Seat" is a Public Service Announcement written and directed by Dan Gvozden, a professional filmmaker and NYU graduate from Severna Park, Maryland. The PSA itself was a community effort directed towards raising awareness for teen suicide, and many of the students you see in the video have been directly affected by the suicide of an acquaintance or friend. This is a significant issue that has greatly troubled the families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland in recent years. In the Summer of 2009, students, parents, and teachers gathered at Severna Park High School in Severna Park, MD to take part in this project, with the hope that it would be a vehicle for change in their community and, ultimately, communities across the nation. These efforts are intended to change the mindset of communities and encourage young people to continue building their lives, no matter how desperate their circumstances may feel.


Build a Life Song Lyrics 


What does it take to build a life?
A thousand puzzle pieces broken in the night.
It’s empty chairs and angry hearts.
It’s worlds about to start.

What does it take to build a life?
Love like an ocean takes the dark out of the night.
It’s asking when, it’s asking why.
It’s the lows and it’s the highs.

Sometimes it feels like today is the only day I know.
Like everyone is doing fine; tell me why am I alone?
Just want to hear somebody say,
“We are not alone.  Just give it time.  That’s what it takes to build a life.”

I see the sun set in the West.
I hear your voice sing like an angel in my head.
I splash cold water on my face,
A little blue against the gray.

Sometimes it feels like today is the only day I know.
Like everyone is doing fine; tell me why am I alone?
Just want to hear somebody say,
“We are not alone.  Just give it time.  That’s what it takes to build a life.”

I got a hundred things I want to do…
I got a hundred reasons to get through the night…
One day closer;  one day closer…

Copyright Andrew Lincoln

 
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