What better place to find inspiration and HOPE than from last night’s Academy Awards. While accepting his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham Moore delivered a moving appeal for those living with depression and/or thinking about suicide. He urged them to seek help, and revealed that he himself once attempted suicide.
Moore said. “Here’s the thing, Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look out at all of these disconcertingly attractive faces. I do! And that’s the most unfair thing I’ve ever heard. So in this brief time here, what I wanted to do was say this: When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like this moment to be for this kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do.”
The Imitation Game is based on the life of British mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who committed suicide after being prosecuted for being gay in 1954.
On Hollywood’s biggest stage, Moore took a very brave step in sharing a deeply personal story in order to provide HOPE to others. We hope that these words inspired the millions of people around the world who watched the telecast last night and the millions of people around the world who live with depression every day.
He closed his speech by saying, “Stay weird, stay different, and then, when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”
Well Mr. Moore, we’re here to help pass along your message of HOPE.