Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 142: We are living in the midst of an “epidemic of crime,” at which thoughtful, God-fearing men everywhere stand aghast. The corruption that prevails, it is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of political strife, bribery, and fraud. Every day brings its heart-sickening record of violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal fiendish destruction of human life. Every day testifies to the increase of insanity, murder, and suicide. Who can doubt that satanic agencies are at work among men with increasing activity to distract and corrupt the mind, and defile and destroy the body?
Loma Linda University Health: How you can help your kids deal with suicidal thoughts. Does your kid or kids have suicidal thoughts? Does a kid or kids that you know have suicidal thoughts? Here are some actions that you can take:
Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 418: God calls not only for our gifts for the needy, but for our cheerful countenance, our hopeful words, our kindly handclasp. When Christ healed the sick, He laid His hands upon them. So should we come in close touch with those whom we seek to benefit. There are many from whom hope has departed. Bring back the sunshine to them. Many have lost their courage. Speak to them words of cheer. Pray for them. There are those who need the bread of life. Read to them from the word of God. Upon many is a soul sickness which no earthly balm can reach nor physician heal. Pray for these souls, bring them to Jesus. Tell them that there is a balm in Gilead and a Physician there.
Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 417: All around us are heard the wails of a world’s sorrow. On every hand are the needy and distressed. It is ours to aid in relieving and softening life’s hardships and misery. Practical work will have far more effect than mere sermonizing. We are to give food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and shelter to the homeless. And we are called to do more than this. The wants of the soul, only the love of Christ can satisfy. If Christ is abiding in us, our hearts will be full of divine sympathy. The sealed fountains of earnest, Christlike love will be unsealed.
Loma Linda Health (ARCHIVE): Depression and Suicide. Please reach out to someone who is depressed and thus, be at risk for suicide:
Lifetalk Radio (ARCHIVE): 7 valuable steps in dealing with suicide. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please get help immediately. Thank you very much. #Disconnection#Disenfranchisement#Pain#Suicide
Hope TV-Speak Up (ARCHIVE): Suicide is a top killer. Find out how you can make a difference in saving someone’s life.
It Is Written Classics (ARCHIVE) – Suicide – Dying for Help
This video archive points out practical ways to deal the suicidal, stories of those who attempted suicide, and faith in Jesus Christ offering hope and life.
If you or you know of anyone that is suicidal, please seek help immediately.
Bible Texts for the Suicidal, the Depressed, and the Brokenhearted (All verses are the King James Version):
Psalm 34:18-19: “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
Psalms 147:3: “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds).
Jeremiah 29:11: ” For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Loma Linda Health Library (ARCHIVE):
Please review the warning signs of suicide in this archive. Again, if you know someone that is manifesting these signs, please seek assistance immediately.
Ministry Magazine (ARCHIVE): The Pastor and the Depressed Parishioner.
This article stresses a critical aspect of ministry that might be overlooked: being on the alert for possible suicide among depressed parishioners and be prepared to take emergency action if necessary.
#Depression # Parishioner #Suicide
Ministry Magazine (ARCHIVE): Suicide Affects Us All.
Indeed, “suicide affects us all”, including clergy. And even some clergy are using firearms in suicide attempts. As the article points out, consider asking tough questions.