It’s Okay To Talk-Will We Listen?

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.

33 thoughts on “It’s Okay To Talk-Will We Listen?

  1. I could not imagine the grief you endured over this young person’s death. My heart goes out to those who suffer from mental illness; a few years ago, I too travelled this road. I would never, ever wish this on my worst enemy.

  2. Wow. My heart always gets drawn to praying for people at the verge of ending their lives.
    May God help us to choose to stay – just as the poet said “seeing the beauty even in the dark days” (paraphrased)

    And so much love the song. A friend shared it with me early in the year and I had to screen record it.

  3. It is so sad when you heard about the young people taking their lives. What could be so terrible that prompted them to do this? O my God. I think you are right. It happens when thay don’t know the love of God and Satan plagued on this. We have to keep praying.

  4. I enjoyed the poem and the song. Thanks for the reminder of God’s love. That’s really sad about the young girl. Life is hard. I like the point you made that we should take time to listen to other people. It could make a difference in their life to know someone cares and is willing to listen. ❤️

  5. I am so glad you shared this post. Suicide is one problem in the world which needs great attention and concern. The poem and the song are great! If we can make a difference in a person’s life by understanding them, then our lives will be worthwhile. 🌸

  6. You’re right! It’s so important to listen to those burdened with mental illness in all its forms. James 1:19 says, “Know this, my beloved brothers: Everyone must be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” I look forward to the time when God rids this world of all sickness, sources of sorrow and pain (Revelation 21:3,4; Isaiah 33:24). Until then, I gain comfort in knowing that Jehovah God cares deeply about us and is close to the broken-hearted and saves those crushed in spirit (Psalms 34:18). Thank you for reminding us of the importance of being there for those in need of support. Great post.

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