A Note from Nancy…
We all know someone who has died tragically by intentional, self-inflicted means. Maybe it was a family member, a friend or a friend of a friend, but we all know someone, and it hurts. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month-a time to share resources and stories that shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and help better understand what it is and what we as Christians can do to help keep others from taking their own life.
Pam Faerber is a personal Christian friend who lost her son to a disease called depression. Because of this, she has developed a passion to address and then empower us to do something about the misunderstanding so many of us have about depression. When left unattended, depression can turn into another life lost. Take a few moments to listen to her story and the wisdom she shares about how we can make a difference right where we are right now!
For more information go to www.bigbearstampede.org/resource-4-depression/
“Depression is like cancer-a most democratic illness. Depression does not care if you are a male or female.
It does not care what religion you are or what color your skin.
Depression does not care if you are young or old.
Depression does not care if you are rich or poor, common citizen, or famous actor or athlete.” Pam Faerber
Why be concerned about suicide
1. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2015CDC WISQARS)
2. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2015 CDC WISQARS)
3. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease COMBINED.
4. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,470 suicide attempts by young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 and 8, the numbers would be higher.
5. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
How can we preventively help teens and adults get a healthy perspective on who they are before they develop a pattern of caving into emotional distress when life takes a wrong turn?
1. Take advantage of times when God just wants you to pray together. Nothing formal, just pray and read Scriptures.
2. Develop a relationship of openness and vulnerability with your child or friend so they will feel free to share with you what is going on in their life.
3. Reinforce that their feelings are real but can often distort the truth as to who we are and who God is as He describes himself through the Scriptures.
4. Teach them the attributes of God from the Bible as God describes who He is and how He, even through the worst times, is loving, trustworthy, forgiving, good and faithful. Read the Scripture as you talk through these with your child or friend.
5. Pray together. (Click here for a copy of the attributes of God that we teach to our Anchorsaway students. Take your time and work through these over a period of time. We ask each of our students how their life would be different if they truly believed that God is – all of the time. Hopefully this will stimulate lively conversations!)
Links to learn more about depression and suicide.
Do I Need Help with Depression? https://midvalleyhealthcare.com/Depression-Test
GREAT article on famous athletes who suffer from depression. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/08/30/michael-phelps-brandon-marshall-mental-health-battles-royce-white-jerry-west/596857001/
National Suicide Prevention Week. https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2017/?utm_source=All+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7dd16800eb-NSPW_1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3fbf9113af-7dd16800eb-383023493
Anchorsaway is dedicated to teaching teens through the Anchorsaway Worldview curriculum with a strong emphasis on understanding God, Jesus and ourselves
through what God has to say about Himself in the Scriptures.
We will be offering an Anchorsaway Worldview Bootcamp on the evening of
Friday, October 20 and during the day, Saturday, October 21. At the bootcamp, you will learn what the Christian worldview is and why it matters. We will study other worldviews and how to better communicate with those who embrace them. We will learn why the Bible is true, who God says He is and why He allows suffering. Click here to register.
At the conclusion of the Bootcamp, those who want to be trained how to teach the curriculum will remain to be taught the basics of teaching, how to navigate the teacher’s website and get their questions answered. If you or someone you know who has the gift of teaching and cannot attend the Anchorsaway Bootcamp, please consider going onto our website and sign up for online training. Go to: anchorsaway.org and click the box Online Training on the right hand column.
I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.
Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.
“…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:14-16)
Thank you so much.
Blessings and much love!