Hope can happen when we do this together
During this pandemic, many have suffered with their mental health and may feel hopeless. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and Red Oak United Methodist Church would like to highlight how awareness and togetherness can be a formula for suicide prevention.
Together We’re Better!
This pandemic can be very isolating, so the support of others (even virtually) can be helpful when having suicidal thoughts. Proverbs 17:17 states, “ A true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother who is born for times of distress.” Making others aware of your feelings can help with a burden that may seem unbearable.
It’s OK to get Professional Help!
Suicidal thoughts may also be a symptom of mental or emotional sickness, and like physical diseases, this is nothing to be ashamed of. “Healthy people do not need a physician, but those who are ill do.”—Matthew 9:12. Please seek medical help from a professional physician as soon as possible, and local crisis centers provide invaluable support as well.
Be Aware of the Signs!
If it is you or a loved one thinking about self harm, it is important to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Risk factors can not cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they are important to be aware of, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know is showing any of these, seek help by calling an emergency hotline.
Please remember that you may feel hopeless, but God sees what you are going through. Psalm 34 18-19 reads: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all”. He cares about you—even if you have lost your will to live. No matter how sad your situation seems today, it can change tomorrow. You can undo a lot of things, but you cannot undo suicide. So hold on to the belief that hope can happen when we do this together!
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available at all times, 1-800-273-TALK.