Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this entry is more of a PSA (Public Service Announcement) but you may just find some information and save a life so please read on…
I have been working with those in recovery for decades. I am subject to the same rules that full time staff have. One such rule is not being able to drive clients in personally owned vehicles so my hands are tied when someone asks for a ride.
One day I got a social media message that a former client needed a ride from one town to another. I had to say I was so sorry but I could not get her as my hands are tied with that rule. I did ask if all was okay and the reply stopped me in my tracks: “No, I am not ok. I wanna kill myself.” Yikes!
So, what was I to do?!?!
Protocol is to report.
I tried my best to be the voice of reason.
I sent some messages I hope were encouraging and then sent resource numbers unsure if they would be used.
Should I call the police and tell the location so someone could intervene?
I paused to pray and asked our Almighty Father to reach down and touch this person for people without hope do kill themselves. Hope is a key for suicide prevention.
As I said ‘amen’, the phone rang to give me the news all was indeed ok and the individual sought help. Thank you, Lord!
Click this link for a list of suicide crisis lines for different countries all over the world: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
For example in the United States, dialing 211, community information and referral services can be found. Also, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255
The emergency number 911, 211, or 999, depending on the nation one resides in, can connect an individual to more help or be there to counsel someone in dire straits. Keep these numbers programmed in your phone so they are handed ready to give out just in case. Hopefully, you will never have the need but good to be prepared just in case. Even just having a number like this, can be a way to…
Be the hope and the voice of reason. God’s Word can be instrumental for it is very clear and shows that God values life and desires us to choose it.
- “You shall not murder” Exodus 20.13 (So, I believe that includes taking one’s own life.)
- “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30.19 (A great verse to offer hope especially if a parent is contemplating suicide.)
- “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6.19-20 (Good words that just might persuade someone from not committing suicide.)
- “No one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.” Ephesians 5.29 (Yes, take care of the body you have been given.)
Be reminded that we are the church, to be the church, and God cares for us – His church.
If there is something you can do even if your hands are tied by rules and regulations, do what you can to offer hope to someone hurting. It might just be the key to saving that life.
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