We volunteer as advocates for suicide prevention, for awareness, recovery and healing because in 2007 this became part of our story, when Erin attempted suicide at seventeen. Our journey was not exactly smooth, but we found out two crucial things in the process: suicide is not rare and is on the rise; and the church has not been prepared to cope with this epidemic. The hardest part for us was the silence, no one wanted to talk about suicide, but silence and inaction only lend more power to this terrible killer. Valley of the Shadow, was written to break the silence about a subject that has too long been taboo in religious circles, to jump start the conversations that lead to healing.
WVSPC advocates for suicide prevention and awareness in West Virginia. They provide programs and training for professionals, schools, and interested citizens.
AFSP is a national organization that advocates for suicide prevention through volunteers who organize Out of the Darkness Walks, raise money, promote legistation, visit politicians, and provide resources to help those in suicidal depression or in recovery from an attempt or a completed suicide.
If you need help today call the
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE:
If you are a veteran, press 1 for specialized help.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! YOUR LIFE MATTERS! THERE IS HOPE! THERE IS A FUTURE!
"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for welfare and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
We trust in our God Who always plans for the future, Who is with us for the long haul, and always has new hope for our immediate need and for eternity.
Jesus said, "Behold, I make all things new!" We live in a fallen creation and we are broken people, but the hope of faith is resurrection power. So when problems come, and come they will, hit pause. Get help. Reach out. Christ will meet you where you are. He makes all things new. Do-overs are His specialty.
"Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11
We support organizations that promote the sanctity of life and help people find new purpose and meaning in life.
All the business gurus say never promote competing authors/businesses on your website. But this is ministry, so we listen to God not to gurus. These excellent resources may help you as they have helped us.
Best book we have seen so far on the subject. Author Karen Mason is an experienced counselor and a professor at GCTS, South Hamilton, MA.
These folks go all over the country and do ecumenical workshops for clergy of all kinds (not just Christian). Well credentialed and informative, their seminars give practical help for faith communities to combat suicide.