Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
There are so many things pulling at us and so many issues pressing on us these days that it is easy to understand if someone is feeling down and hopeless.
People dealing with Mental Health issues of depression, anxiety, PTSD, need our compassion and understanding not stigma. I love the banner I found that says- It’s Okay To Talk. For that to be true, we need to be willing to listen,
We need to be willing to listen to someone in agony. We need to be filled with the love and compassion of Jesus and show it, so people feel they can talk to us.
One of the saddest experiences in my life was in September 2011. A 19 year old girl who had come to my weekend groups for a little while completed suicide. Being at her funeral was so terribly sad. The experience prompted me to get training for suicide prevention. Just being willing to listen and to ask the question can make all of the difference.
I have depression as one of the symptoms of chronic illness. I understand feeling depressed and how it can feel like things just keep piling on. But there is always hope as long as we are alive.
God loves you. That is where hope begins. God LOVES you. Even the faintest of a prayer whispering for help will get God’s attention. Don’t Give Up!!!
If you are in the U.S. and struggling with thoughts of harming yourself, you can call- 1-800-273-8255
A link for Suicide Prevention hotlines in various countries is- hotlines
I would like to share two videos. 1 is a spoken word poem I love and the other is a song I love. Thank you for reading. God Bless.