Just One, Just One Life matters
I recently attended Just One, Just One Life matters; a suicide prevention event hosted at the Buffalo Lake, Hector, Stewart High School. The event was coordinated by the local church, school, and community. Lighthouse Counseling attended as a resource for the local community.
As a counselor at a Christian counseling agency I was pleased to see how the Buffalo Lake, Hector, Stewart High School partnered with a local church to put on an event of this caliber. Not only was it good to see the collaboration of a school and church, but also have them broach the subject of suicide. As discussed at event suicide can be an incredibly uncomfortable topic to discuss, but the discomfort around the topic should never keep us for having the conversation. So let’s talk about suicide. Let’s talk about hope, life, and how important just one conversation can be.
Suicide is something that has touched all of us in some way. At some point in our lives we all know someone who has committed, attempted, or thought about suicide. It is imperative for us to be willing to be open to have the conversation. There is a common misconception that talking to a depressed person about suicide may cause a person to become suicidal. However, there is no evidence to support this misconception.
There are many ways to start the conversation, but here are some examples of soft start ups; “I have been feeling concerned about you lately. OR I have noticed some differences and have wondered how you are doing. OR I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately.” The next problem we often run into is what to say if or when someone tells us they are suicidal. Telling them in this instant that you are there for them can be reassuring. Also, sometimes telling the person that while you may not understand exactly what they are going through you care and want to help can be empowering. Offering to go with them to get help from a professional or asking who they can take with them also can be helpful.
So if you or someone you know needs help please contact us and schedule an appointment. Day of appointment are available in the Sauk Rapids office.
In the event of a crisis or mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room for help.
You can reach the mobile crisis units for the following counties:
- Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright Counties 320-253-5555
- Kandiyohi County County 800-432-8781
- Carver County 952-442-7601
- Mcleod County 320-484-4585
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous be moved.”
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