Suicide is a major, preventable health issue. It seems to be one of those things that ‘other people’ have to deal with. But being aware of the problem can not only help us to deal with it more effectively, it can help us prevent it. Check out this link Suicide Prevention Wow. It made me cry as I could almost feel the despair in Terry’s story.

According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website, some of the most common signs that someone might be considering suicide are:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

If the answer to any of these questions is true for yourself or for any of your loved ones, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK .

It is important that you know that you are loved.  God loves you. He created you for a specific purpose. Don’t believe me? Read Psalm 139. He didn’t just create mankind…he created you specifically and individually. And he knows you specifically and individually. And he loves you specifically and individually. Yes, he knows exactly what is going on in your life right now. And if you will let him, he will help you through it.
Tell your family that you love them.  Tell your friends that you love them.  Make it a point today to reach out and show your love.

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