If You’re Thinking About Suicide, Please Try These 5 Things First.

5. At least become willing to delay your plan. If you’ve gone far enough in your process that you’ve actually developed a general or specific plan or intent to follow through on suicide, try to become willing temporarily delay acting on it– even if it’s just an internal commitment to not do it over the [Read More…]

Being A Good Friend Reminder: Suicide Rates Go Up In Spring

So, there’s this myth about suicide– and the myth is that depressed or grieving people who contemplate suicide are most at risk around the holidays. Turns out, that’s not accurate– the annual suicide rate actually begins to spike right now, with the bloom of spring. It may seem counterintuitive based on what we’ve been taught, [Read More…]

Driven To Suicide: When Violence Doesn’t Feel So Violent

One of the most frequent and consistent topics I have taught on over the years is the topic of nonviolence. I am firmly of the belief that following Jesus requires a commitment to living a life of nonviolent enemy love– something Jesus claimed was the ultimate evidence that one is a child of God. When we [Read More…]

Brittany Maynard Didn’t Commit Suicide (What We Can Learn From 9-11’s “Falling Man”)

This article also featured at: … The past few days have been filled with news that terminally ill 29-year-old, Brittany Maynard, has ended her life with medication prescribed by her physician. She did so under legal physician assisted suicide provisions in the state of Oregon. Had Maynard not taken the medication, she would not have [Read More…]

Suicide Prevention: It’s Time For The Church To Get Serious

I wear a lot of labels in life– or perhaps from a different vantage point, I could say that people call me a lot of things. Whatever these labels I wear, whatever these words assigned to me, there is one label among them which I hate with every fiber of my being: suicide survivor. I [Read More…]

Why I’ll Always Be A God Believer (about the day I was going to die)

What I’m about to tell you is the most personal, sacred story that I’ve ever told. I never imagined telling it publicly in front of thousands of people, but something in my spirit says that someone, somewhere, needs to hear this today. Over the last few days we’ve been talking a lot about God, creation, [Read More…]