It’s been one week since we learned of the tragic death of Robin Williams. His death left millions of American’s grieving and asking “why.”
When something like this happens, it can also remind us of how important is to care about and really LISTEN to the people that God has placed in our life.
Is it possible that YOU might have a friend or loved one who is struggling with depression—or who may even be contemplating suicide?
Here are some warning signs that you should be aware of:
- Has your friend told you they feel hopeless or have no reason to live? Do they feel as if they are a burden to others?
- Have they described feeling “trapped” or shared that they are in unbearable pain?
- Are they isolating themselves, or showing extreme mood swings?
- Have they actually talked about wanting to die?
You might feel anxious about bringing up the topic, but if you’ve noticed these signs in a friend or relative, gently ask them if they’ve thought about taking their own life.
If the answer is “yes,” get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, remember that the bible tells us to “encourage one another” and to “carry each other’s burdens.”
And if YOU are struggling with depression or feeling hopeless, please reach out to someone and let them know what you’re going through.
I’d also encourage you to put into practice this advice from 1st Peter 5:7: “cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.”
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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