A bit of a sensitive topic, so here is a high-level agenda with timestamps:
0:00: Why are we talking about this in church?
3:09: Guidelines - how to talk about suicide responsibly
12:24: How the Church has viewed & treated suicide
18:31: Suicide is not damnation: a discerning viewpoint
27:21: Information & statistics
39:00: Activity - follow along & DIY while you watch! Yes, seriously :)
Resources mentioned, in order of mention:
- It Gets Better Project: itgetsbetter.org
- To Write Love On Her Arms: TWLOHA.com
- National Suicide Prevention 24/7 free Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (-TALK)
- The Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQIA+ youth: 866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
- NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline (business hours): 800-950-6264 (-NAMI)
- In Utah we have 211 which is connected to United Way – you can call 211 or there’s an app, or go to 211utah.org
- It Gets Better resource list incl. for specific marginalized communities: itgetsbetter.org/get-help
- Unsuicide.org – lots of resources, including texting services if you don’t want to talk live
- Crisis Text Line: text "home" or anything (even "hi" or "start") to 741741
- Woebot chatbot for ongoing mental health checkins: woebothealth.com
- Samaritans: call or text 877-870-4673 (-HOPE)
- Boys Town for youth, children, families: 800-448-3000 or text voice to 20121
- RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800656-4673 (-HOPE)
If Satan fell from grace...maybe the point of everything is to let him see how even mere humans can choose love over evil, and thus bring him to his own decision of transformation into good.
We often talk about how love is an action, not a sentiment or just something you say. With active love in mind, we remember that we are called to love our neighbor and our enemy...but we often forget to show love to ourselves!
This video is our lively discussion on adapting the concept of "love languages" to uncover and include ways to express love to yourself, beloved child of God!
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