Suicide Prevention: Lies We Can Become Trapped In

Suicide Prevention: Lies We Can Become Trapped In

We all have bad days. We all have those days where it doesn’t seem like anything goes right. However, for most of us we have the healthy mindset of knowing that this bad day is one of many other days; some of them good. The problem when talking about a mindset that sometimes leads to suicide is that it becomes very polarized. Sometimes this is due to living with no margins. We can live so far out on the limb that small moments can have enormous consequences. It’s important for everyone to live... Read More
3 Keys to Addressing Mental Health and Suicide in Your Ministry

3 Keys to Addressing Mental Health and Suicide in Your Ministry

If you watch or listen to the news very often, you may realize that, sadly, suicide rates are on the rise. We could speculate all day about reasons this might be true, but regardless, one of the greatest things we can do to combat this rising trend is to create and keep the conversation going about mental health. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults ages 10-34*. The age group with the highest number of individuals contemplating suicide and attempting... Read More
Getting Unstuck From Depression

Getting Unstuck From Depression

Depression and extreme anxiety can be a crippling state to be in. If you’ve never experienced it, consider yourself fortunate. Chances are, however, in some way you have. The statistics suggest that those in America going through some sort of depression and anxiety is a very large number indeed. There are plenty of things that people would suggest to do. Certainly as a marriage and family therapist, I think counseling is a very wise choice. Still, sometimes the paralyzing effects can... Read More
How To Minimize Depression During The Holiday Season

How To Minimize Depression During The Holiday Season

I’ve always struggled a little when the sun goes down earlier, the temperature gets colder and the sky gets gray. Because I’m aware of this, I expect my mood to be down slightly. But one crisp October day I found my mood nosedive for no apparent reason. Over time, I was able to connect my plummeting mood with the day my mom died. It’s interesting that although I was not thinking about my mom directly, that it had been years since she died, and that things were going well for... Read More