Tomorow is World Suicide Prevention Day and I wanted to stop and share a few thoughts with you. From most of the reading I do it seems that depression and suicide are on the rise here in America.
So here are a few articles, links, resources that can help you, or someone you love, know how to deal with the sensitive topic of suicide and depression.
HERE is an article I wrote about a year ago after Anthony Bourdain committed suicide.
THIS link has five steps you can take to help a friend who is contemplating suicide. #BeThe1To
HERE is a book that does a great job of talking about the fact that Christians can get depressed and what we can do about it.
One of the things that we need to keep in mind is that many times people who are hurting the most keep up a facade in public of being OK. So my suggestion would be that if you begin to wonder if someone is struggling ask them out for coffee. Ask questions. Genuinely listen. Show compassion. You could be the one that God uses to save a life.
If you need immediate help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.