Monday mornings are the hardest! Trying to get a sense of what I need to do this week and trying to be productive, as in get something done. After getting a sense of what I need to do, I feel overwhelmed. Of course, now I can’t concentrate and it’s become hard to get anything accomplished! Anyone else have similar struggles with Monday mornings, especially for people who are working at home? Maybe a solution is getting out of the house, one might say. But been trying to do that but hard to do that this morning! Monday mornings are the hardest!
In Memory of my friend Esther Lee, and in order to raise awareness and financial support for suicide prevention, I plan to run my first 5K this Saturday 9/28 at 9 am in NYC.
The official event, Samaritans 21st Annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention is taking place in Boston, MA at the same time.
If you or someone you know needs to talk, call or text 877-870-HOPE (4673).
Putting this event and intention out there for awareness of preventable aspect of suicides, and if you are having suicidal feelings/thoughts, you are not alone.
I have preached past 2 Sundays on the importance of talking about depression, hopelessness, and suicides at churches and also that it takes a “village” to support those who are in need of support and compassion. Planning to preach this sermon as many times as I can, at different churches I get invited to preach at until we don’t need to hear it anymore at churches from the pulpit, from pastors, during Sunday worship.
Would you like to help me raise awareness and funds for preventing suicide? I am a virtual participant (running by myself in NYC rather than the official event in Boston, MA). So I didn’t have to pay registration fees and I’m not obligated to raise money. I’m raising money anyway in the spirit of raising awareness. Raise Awareness and Funds for Suicide Prevention
From Pastor Jarrid Wilson’s Twitter feed —
“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts.
Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression.
Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD.
Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety.
But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort.
He ALWAYS does that.”
I don’t know that depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, trauma can be cured, there is healing, but not sure there is a cure. But for sure the excruciating and mind numbing pain and suffering they can be managed. It requires vigilant up keeping of all that it takes: therapy, medicine, skills to manage anxiety and cognitive and behavior therapy to modify distorted thought and behavior, and it really takes a community and network of support to maintain one’s mental health.
I just want to say, if you are feeling hopeless, depressed, suicidal, or suffering from any pain, that I have been there and am here now and am more than happy to be here for you. Reach out, because invisibility of depression means we don’t always see it even when it’s really painful.