• Dr. Hal Kitchings

Thoughts concerning National Suicide Prevention Week

Thoughts concerning National Suicide Prevention Week

I woke up today thinking about the tragedy of a Pastor I did not know taking his own life yesterday. His name was Jarrid Wilson and he was actually an advocate for mental health issues. His story is heartbreaking, but his work will continue. (Feel free to Google his name for more information.)

Rick and Kay Warren have written extensively about this subject. They had a son who dealt with mental health issues and eventually took his own life. I highly recommend their teachings and writings. They even suggest those that struggle with depression thoughts of suicide to call 1-800-273-TALK.

If you need to talk about this issue personally, call the number and talk. The stigma of thinking no one has dark days or needs to reach out occasionally is not healthy. Do it.

I like what Rick Warren recently said in a podcast. He reminded the listeners of three things:

1.) Your life has a purpose.

2.) You are loved.

3.) You are needed in this world.


Isn’t that good? It’s so true and so biblical. Please don’t ever forget it.

I close with this… If you notice someone starting to distant themselves from you or others, pay attention to it. It may mean they are struggling with depression.

It could lead to them to decide to personally provide a permanent solution to what could be a temporary problem.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13

Until Next Time...

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