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A man in our town took his life today. I didn’t know him, but he had a name. He had a mom and dad. He had a wife. He had friends. And now he’s absent from their lives.

The Special Police Force tried to help him. They stood outside the building where he had barricaded himself and talked to him through a loud speaker. “Let us help you!” they said. “Talk to us!” But he wouldn’t reply.

You can’t help but wonder why this man thought that there was no hope left—why he thought suicide was his only option. What was so bad? What was so depressing?

Did you know that some time after Jonah was saved from the belly of the whale, he wanted to die? He said, “Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live” (Jonah 4:1).

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever taken a look at your life and felt that things were so bad you’d just rather die? Please believe me when I tell you, that’s a permanent decision you never want to make. After it’s done, there no changing your mind. You’re gone.

People Who Love You

Instead of giving up on life, decide to take action to make your life better. There are people who love you and are more than willing to help. There are parents, siblings, and friends. And there are trained professionals such as counselors, doctors, and pastors who know how to help. There are people who are saying, “Let us help you! Talk to us!”

Life can get better with the right kind of help and coping skills. September 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The purpose of the week is to “raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.”1 This preventable cause of death takes the lives of nearly one million people worldwide each year. One million!

So why not go online and learn what you can about suicide prevention. Learn the warning signs so that you can watch out for yourself, your family, and friends. You can find a list on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website. And learn the resources available, such as the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Let’s be proactive in preventing these tragic deaths.

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By Nancy Canwell. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

1 http://www.suicidology.org/about-aas/national-suicide-prevention-week


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