Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California speaks openly about losing his own son to mental illness
and suicide. He offers hope to those who may be experiencing such a low point in their life encouraging them to seek help, share their burden with others, and that they are not a "burden" to those around them. He also reminds listeners that God uniquely created them and that they have been created
with a purpose. Pastor Rick stresses a great truth in that
suicide is a very "permanent solution" to what are in reality, "temporary problems or issues."
If you are having suicidal thoughts or are considering suicide please call 1-800-273-TALK for FREE counseling
by phone. (National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention)
Emergency Action Plan "If You are Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts":
Feelings of Helplessness
Feelings of Hopelessness
Feelings of Powerlessness
Feelings of Worthlessness
Thoughts of Hurting Yourself
3 Questions "Caregivers" Can Ask themselves if they are concerned about their loved one or friend:
1) Is he/she SAFE? Is he/she a danger to himself/herself?
(Are they talking about suicide? Are they planning? Attempting?)
2) Are the people around them SAFE?
Family? Children? etc. Are they acting out of character?
3) Are they Incoherent? Zoning out? Losing touch with reality?
IMPORTANT: If the answer to any of these questions is "YES,"
it should be a cause for concern, and you should seek help
for your loved one or friend immediately. Call someone
such as a pastor or trusted friend for wise counsel,
and remember you as a "Caregiver" are not alone.
BE SURE NOT TO LEAVE YOUR LOVED ONE
OR FRIEND ALONE.
***If you feel that it is an "Emergency," you may call 911 or get them to the
closest Emergency Room.