Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

Today is Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. It first became very real to me how important it is to watch for signs and to show compassion and love to people in September 2011 when a 19 year old girl I knew completed suicide. Being at her funeral was one of the saddest days in my life.

Only five days ago it became even more real to me when a young woman who was 28 years old completed suicide. I will go to her funeral tomorrow. She had a difficult life having been abused by her father growing up. I tried to help her for a few years but lost track of her when she got married to a man who ended up also abusing her.

Darkness whispers to those who are struggling that there is no hope seeking to lure them into a fatal decision. Despair, loss of hope, and feeling there is no way out harass the person.

In contrast Jesus said in John 10:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,Β and have it to the full.

Darkness seeks to destroy. Jesus gives life, hope, peace inside and love. Jesus heals wounded souls.

It is so important that we show the love and compassion of Jesus to those around us. We do not know what inner turmoil people are going through, but Jesus does.

If you are reading this and have thought of suicide, please know that God loves you and cares deeply about you. There is hope. Also please call for help.

In the USA you can call-800-273-8255

In Canada you can call-833 456-4566

In other countries please Google for the number.

I would like to share two videos with you. One is by a young woman who was suicidal but got help. The other is a song that will help you to feel God’s love.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

29 thoughts on “Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I hope that it helps those who read it to either know they are loved and there is hope or to check on those they love who struggle and show them love.

  2. I think you know how I feel on this topic as I lost my dad when I was 9 to suicide. He was only 30, and now that was some 30 plus years ago. Losing hope at such young ages. There is help, please seek the help. God can give you back the hope needed to keep on keeping on. There are much more vivid signs that are talked about openly then in the 80’s. I know all too many who have given in to this. It leaves the people behind with all sorts of grief. Jesus does heal! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow. πŸ˜“
    I pray for comfort to her family. I pray that these hearts will find succor in God and come to know Christ. πŸ™
    Thanks for sharing the clips, bro. The song was one of the songs that encouraged me a lot last year. I love it. 😊

  4. Matt, thank you for writing about suicide prevention day. It is so important for everyone to understand that God is always with us, that he forgives us and loves us with unconditional love. You are not alone. Please reach out to the numbers Matt listed if you feel overwhelmed. Repeating Lisa, Jesus does heal.

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