National Suicide Prevention Tip #3: #BETHEONETO Be There!

As we continue to advocate for National Suicide Prevention Month. Today’s tip is #BeThe1ToBeThere:

This could mean being physically present for someone, speaking with them on the phone when you can, or any other way that shows support for the person at risk. An important aspect of this step is to make sure you follow through with the ways in which you say you’ll be able to support the person –

do not commit to anything you are not willing or able to accomplish. If you are unable to be physically present with someone with thoughts of suicide, talk with them to develop some ideas for others who might be able to help as well (again, only others who are willing, able, and appropriate to be there). Listening is again very important during this step – find out what and who they believe will be the most effective sources of help.

Research has also shown connectedness acts as a buffer against hopelessness and psychological pain.

By “being there,” we have a chance to alleviate or eliminate some of these significant factors.

Check out for more! If you’re struggling and need someone to immediately talk to. Please call the hotline! #YouMatter

I myself have had suicidal thoughts during the hardest times of my life. I was a college student and although it was supposed to be the time of my life, it took a dark turn that I will never forget.

I didn’t want to hang out with anyone. I ignored calls from my friends and family. I rather have stayed locked up in my room with the lights off. Sleeping my life away.

I felt like sleep was almost as close as death as I could get to without hurting myself. As a believer, the only thing that kept me alive was the grace of God and knowing that taking my life wouldn’t help anything. It would say that “I don’t trust God to take care of me and I’m better off trying to fix it myself.”

In this time, I learned to trust God. It was hard to do within my flesh but over time, it became second nature.

I became heavily involved in the word of God and I learned to speak manifestations and positvityover my life. Jesus paid the price so I wouldn’t have to. Yes, living on this earth is not easy. It wasn’t easy for Jesus and He warned us that it wouldn’t be a walk in the park for us either.

But surely I say, He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. I was able to overcome those depressive thoughts. The circumstance pushed to me onto greater. If anyone reading this is going through the same tribulation right now, I am here as a testimony to say that it WILL GET BETTER. DO NOT GIVE UP!!!! More than anyone (even yourself), God knows what you’re going through and He has provided everything you need to make it out ALIVE and VICTORIOUS!!

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