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Suicide.

September 14, 2016

Suicide.

Suicide prevention.

Friend and colleague Sara Lund recently listed 10 things each of us can do that will help save lives. It’s with her gracious permission that I share them with you here.

We’re going to take this list slowly.

Please read, absorb, apply as needed and then repeat as needed.

Please. —

1. Spread hope.

In ways that are sincere and meaningful, find ways to focus on the idea that suffering is temporary and that things will get better. Hope comes from the belief that despair is not permanent.

For people of faith, spreading hope happens when we lift up our concerns to God in prayer. We spread hope when we pray. Pray for people who live with thoughts of self-harm.

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  1. Thank you for sharing these. I do believe I have read them before. From experience I know that mental health is one of the, considered, taboo items many Christians are afraid to talk about and try to avoid. I know one Christian speaker who was honest enough to share her own story. Many followers had told her if her faith was so deep she didn’t need the medication used to stabilizer her. Without telling her family, she decided to heed these claims. Within five days, her husband noticed changes and asked point-blank if she was taking her medication. It took a couple of weeks to stabilize her again. She said that she now holds that little blue pill in her hand every morning and thanks God for the for the technology and wisdom of the doctors to create this pill and its job. (I was in the audience and heard her, I would have to look up the book where she also recorded the story, but I do remember the emphasis on every.)

    It is devastating to need to hide that portion of your story with other Christians unless you know they will not think less of you. Speaking from personal experience. Hope is much appreciated, especially from my Christian brothers and sisters.

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