Hold Onto Possibility Everyday
Are you thinking about ending your life? Reach out for support. Are you concerned about a friend or loved one ending his or her life? Ask. Listen. Love.
Asking a loved one, “Are you thinking of ending your life?” makes a difference.
Ask. Listen. Love.
About Suicide & Depression
While the loss of every single life is heartbreaking, it’s shocking to realize that from 2007 to 2017 suicide rates increased 56% for people aged 10-24.
Prayer of Hope and Possibility
God our Creator, you give breath to each person you made.
You treasure the gifts of each unique person, but when life becomes a burden rather than a gift,
God of life, hold us.
When darkness strangles the will to live, when days become endless nights,
God of light, shine on us.
When no one seems to understand, when we walk and wait alone,
God of love, embrace us with your presence.
Where there is despair, bring hope; where there is shame, give value and worth; where there is emptiness, bring fulfillment; where there is suffering in mind and body, bring healing.
God of hope, hear our prayer for life.
Cindy Holtrop, Pathways to Promise
Tools For Suicide Prevention
Is someone you love thinking of ending their life? It can be a very hard question to ask, but asking a loved one if he or she is suicidal can prevent the loss of a precious life.
2. KEEP THEM SAFE
An important part of suicide prevention is removing access to items that may be used to end a life. Ask your loved one if they have a plan to end their life. Start the conversation. Listen. Ask. Love.
3. BE THERE
4. REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT
Do a search for hotlines, chat options, and websites. Save these for easy access. Help your loved one make a plan to connect with trusted family members, friends, pastors, and mental health professionals.
Offer to pray with your loved one and continue to pray for him/her.
It makes a difference if you contact your loved one after a crisis just to check in. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide decreases when we extend care and concern.
Suicide Prevention Posts
I cried and promised God I would never try to take my life again. If you feel depressed and suicidal you are not alone. There is always hope.
What a husband or wife does or says in relation to a depressed spouse can either exacerbate the symptoms or help relieve them.
To help prevent suicide, watch for: depression, bi-polar, suicidal thoughts, isolation, risky behavior, weapons, worsening health, giving away possessions.