May 14, 2019

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A couple weeks ago I read an article about youth suicide rates skyrocketing.  I thought about when I was younger it was such a taboo thing to talk about.  My grandmother wouldn’t even allow us to say the word in the house.  It wasn’t something that was part of my world. 

That changed on Friday.  A long time friend’s son died by suicide.  I called her and tried to console her.  I realized there was nothing I could say.  I listened to her words and her voice.  I told her I loved her many times.  My mom prayed with her the day before.

It was a shock.  It made me wonder what we can do to end this epidemic. How can we help people to understand they are worthy and loved and enough?  What behavior do I model to make a difference?  I don’t have the answers but my heart is with all the families who have been through this.

If you or someone you know needs needs help they can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 800-273-8255