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Vendor: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Hope for the Heart
Suicide Prevention—Hope When Life Seems Hopeless
Nothing is as heartbreaking as a loved one who has lost hope and is contemplating suicide. A person who seems cheerful one day can slip into despair and hopelessness the next. God's heart is tender and full of compassion toward those experiencing deep pain. The mini-book Suicide Prevention covers the steps to identifying and preventing suicide using a Christian approach. Suicide prevention requires compassion toward the sufferer, along with practical steps and biblical assurance of God's love.
The Bible says, The Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion (Isaiah 30:18). He feels the emotional, spiritual, and physical agony that engulfs the lives of those teetering on the brink of absolute hopelessness and suicide. And from God's tender heart springs forth words of wisdom, life-transforming truths that truly affirm your value to him.
You will learn how to better reflect God's heart to help those who are hurting, and you will gain practical insight on what to say and what to do. This mini-book is filled with practical advice and Biblical wisdom to guide you as you reach out to a suicidal friend.
Suicide Prevention is an easy-to-understand book that covers the basics everyone should know, and separates fact from fiction:
- Fable: Never talk about suicide with deeply depressed people—it could give them ideas.
- Fable: More suicides occur in the winter holidays.
Fact: Asking what someone is feeling doesn't create suicidal thoughts. You can assume that most depressed or very anxious people have given some thought to taking their lives. Demystify the subject by talking about their feelings.
Fact: Suicide rates are below average in the winter and above average in the spring, peaking in April. For youth, suicide rates are higher in the summer. For middle-aged adults, age 36 and up, suicide rates rise again in the fall. In general, suicide risks decrease as social interactions increase. Becoming aware of the most frequent occurrences of suicide will help you discern when a struggler is at risk.
Suicide Prevention helps you spot the characteristics of a person in danger. Learn —
- The 3 stages of potential suicide
- Which emotions to watch for
- The types of suicide: symbolic suicide, copycat suicide, and the newly coined bully-cide affecting young people.
Know the answers to these vital questions so that suicide can be prevented:
- When are suicide attempts more likely?
- Are suicide rates higher in urban or rural areas?
- How marital status correlates with suicide rates.
- Know what age groups are most at-risk for suicide.
- Discover the importance of a belief in God in suicide prevention.
This mini-book is a quick overview and is easy-to-understand. It focuses on the key issues and is perfect for the busy person who needs instant advice.
Look for all 25 titles in the Hope For The Heart Biblical Counseling Library. These mini-books are for people who seek freedom from codependency, anger, conflict, verbal and emotional abuse, depression, or other problems.
If you are contemplating suicide right now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
April McCallum5 Stars Out Of 5Suicide Prevention: Restoring HopeFebruary 17, 2014April McCallumQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5According to the World Health Organization, approximately one million people die by suicide annually. They are convinced that death will rescue and relieve them from suffering the heavy burden of overwhelming pain. They are people without hope.
In "Suicide Prevention: Hope When Life Seems Hopeless," Author June Hunt says, "God created everyone with an inner need to feel significant, yet the desire to live slowly burns out within a heart that no longer sees a reason to live. As the candle of hope is extinguished, that inner sense of purpose is snuffed out by overwhelming despair."
In this 96-page booklet, Hunt speaks to the power of haunting trauma, mocking shame, suffocating secrecy, engulfing agony, a victimizer's power, crushing emotional burdens, tormenting self-hatred, and the catalysts that push sufferers over the edge.
She writes, "Those struggling with life-threatening thoughts do not feel connected to others. They feel all alone--even alone in the midst of a crowd." What we need to know about people obsessed with or considering suicide is this: People don't want to die--what they really want is for their pain to end. They also need to know they are not alone. People want a reason to hope. But they need something more powerful than themselves to lead them out of the darkness that deceives them into thinking and believing that death is the answer, and into the light. This mini-book is part of Hunt's "Hope For The Heart" series that speaks to a variety of issues that keep people from living their life to the fullest, (from a biblical point of view).
The author outlines three stages for observers to be aware of in the case of potential suicide (associated thinking/behaviors/attitudes); characteristics of suicidal teens; and various questions you can ask a suicidal spouse, child, or friend. Readers will also learn definitions, characteristics, causes, and most importantly, steps to solutions. The booklet offers a run-through of personal spiritual history, medical history, thought patterns, and family suicidal history that can be used as an assessment aid; plus a practical checklist with examples of ways to alleviate suicidal obsession. She also includes a section on "bully-cide".
This booklet provides a quick overview on suicide and prevention along with both practical and spiritual helps. The author also points out the wisdom in sharing with a trusted friend, advisor, medical and/or mental health professional.
In reestablishing hope for the heart, the author leads readers back to God's desire: to restore lives through his love, to give comfort, and compassion. He wants to make broken lives and shattered hearts whole again--to alleviate pain, heal hearts, and restore hope.
Note: Rose Publishing provided me with an advanced reader copy of this booklet.