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YOU can save a life! Suicide is real but NOT the answer.

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YOU can save a life! Suicide is real but NOT the answer.

Did you know you have the power to save lives?  Did you know that you can give hope to someone who may feel hopeless?

In a recent NY Times article a study on suicide states that the rates of suicide has surged to an all time high over 30 years.  It has risen in every age group except older adults and most alarmingly among girls ages 10 to 14. In all, 42,773 people died from suicide in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999.

Suicide is a public health issue.  This is an issue that we can all address:

We can address it by talking about hope in the face of hopelessness.  

We can remind folks that suicidal thoughts may be a symptom of depression AND

depression (and other mental disorders) is an illness not unlike cancer or diabetes.

We can say that having depression is not your fault, that you did not bring it on yourself, it is not a reflection of your character and it nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

We can tell our own stories.  We can encourage others to tell theirs…with no expectations, no judgement…only love.

We can talk about the Help that is always available-  primary care physicians, therapists; medication, healthy diets, wholistic methods, light therapy and the list goes on.

Help, Hope and healing is available!

If you are having suicidal thoughts, remember you are loved, you are ENOUGH and you deserve life, No Matter What.

Text here for help: Crisis Text Line  Call here for help: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Read my books Here.

Remember your word to your servant in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.  Psalm 119.

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Grateful!

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Grateful!

Grateful to learn that my book has been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Inspirational-Religious category.

Grateful for the opportunity to tell my story.

Grateful for the opportunity to encourage others to tell their stories.

Mostly grateful for Jesus’ story of hope and healing as we become who we are.

I recently learned of a young person whose life was taken by suicide. My heart breaks for that soul and the family.  Jesus’ story reminds me that hope remains. That we are not defined by our worst days.  That we are enough.  No matter what. And though it may not seem like it in our darkest days, a resurrection is possible.  Light will always make a way.

We must continue to tell this story.  Depression is an illness.  It is not our fault.  We do not bring this on ourselves.  It is not a sign of weakness.

Help, Healing and Hope is available… Always!