“If talking about mental illness at church is uncomfortable, talking about suicide is one of the last taboos in our culture.” – Kay Warren
September is Suicide Prevention Month. Everyone can play a role in protecting their friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide. There are action steps anyone, anywhere, can take to be there for someone who is struggling or in crisis. While there will be several opportunities this month to bring suicide out of the darkness, this Sunday, September 10, 2017, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Falling on a Sunday, it’s more fitting than ever to bring this conversation into our place of worship. While mental illness is common, it is still an uncomfortable topic in most avenues of society. It is time for faith leaders to stand in the gap and speak up for people living with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.
In a recent Facebook post, Kay Warren shares, :
“As suicide loss survivors, Rick and I know firsthand the almost unbearable agony that accompanies the suicide of someone you love. We ache for those in our congregation — and in yours — who are experiencing despair. These friends — brothers and sisters in Christ — need to know that their church is a safe place to share the inward torment of their pain, and that their pain will be met with deep compassion and acceptance.”
Please lend your voice to this effort on behalf of hurting people everywhere by watching this video and pledging to pray in your house of worship on the weekend of September 10: Click Here: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/national-day-prayer-pledge
There are many resources for suicide prevention, including our Topics Page. If you or someone you know is in crisis, our local number is 800-284-8439 or text LOOKUP to 494949. Nationally, call 800-273-TALK.