Did you know that 6 of your closest 100 friends or acquaintances are currently thinking about suicide? If you are a teenager that number goes up to 17. No, I am not trying to be dramatic or even appeal to your emotions. I am highlighting the urgency of the issue of suicide.
Most of us do not want to think of having a conversation with someone thinking of killing themselves. Imagine what emotions you might experience if someone says to you, “I don’t mean to burden you, but I am thinking of killing myself and I don’t know what to do.”
Fear… dread… angst… responsibility… hurt…
We go around every day asking people how they are doing, and in reality, we hope they say something like, “fine.” We do not want people to tell us they are not well.
This is the reason so few people tell us they are hurting. How many times has someone committed suicide and we look at each in awe and say, “I never knew they were hurting so bad.”?
I want everyone to have the tools to help suicide end. I want people to be able to effectively engage in conversations that help move people from thinking of suicide to thinking of safety.
I want to invite you to Soul Shop.
Soul Shop is a suicide prevention training and includes a daylong training session designed to train church leaders, clergy, program staff, lay ministers, office staff, and faith-based therapists to detect the signs of someone contemplating suicide and possibly save their life.
Other community leaders such as HR managers, first responders, medical professionals, and others working with the public would benefit from the training as well.
Soul Shop for Leaders is an essential training for professionals and leaders who serve people, laying a Scriptural foundation for ministering to those with suicidal desperation.
The training teaches participants:
- how to recognize warning signs
- how to engage in life-saving conversations
- how to keep people safe
- how to minister to surviving family members after a suicide
Soul Shop is about saving people and saving souls. If you are in ministry you know that you cannot help save the souls of those who are not here.
If you know someone who is suicidal, someone who loves someone who is suicidal, or you expect to have a conversation with someone who might be suicidal in the future please do these three things.
- Consider attending the Soul Shop event I am leading Friday February 9th at Awake Church in Winston-Salem. Click here to see registration information – https://www.sagegardencare.org/soulshop/
- Invite anyone you know who might help someone experiencing suicidal desperation to this event.
- Share this event on social media so more people can hear of it.
Thank you in advance for saving lives, helping families, and caring for those who need help and do not yet know it.