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I think the most difficult conversation to start is one where we don’t know what to say. It weighs heavily on you and you know something is off but you can’t quite put your finger on it. A loved one, friend or acquaintance is struggling to cope. You notice they’re down, withdrawn, depressed or even angry all the time. You want to approach them but don’t know how. You fear opening a can of worms or saying the wrong thing…

There are times when we may notice but are too overwhelmed by our own problems to extend a helping hand.

Nothing is worse than addressing the issues after tragedy has occurred. It often causes even more distance between though who need help and those who can help.

Taking a moment to ask someone if everything is alright takes courage and there is nothing wrong with offering resources. I encourage you to keep the phone number of the National Suicide Hotline and Crisis Text Line in the note section of your phone so you can pass it along.

If loved ones or social media friends live outside the states; having the following info saved can be helpful:

The International Association for Suicide Prevention is also a great place to start.

You may know someone battling depression, self harming or engaging in maladaptive coping mechanisms. It’s important to not ignore them. When I served as a volunteer suicide crisis counselor, there were times I would get calls from people who weren’t suicidal but lonely. I can remember an influx of calls on Sunday afternoons from people who had been in church earlier that day but still felt alone. Some felt they couldn’t share with those closest to them for fear of judgment or being exposed. Isolation is crippling to someone who already feels alone. However it’s important to be lovingly honest about what you can and cannot do for them and then share resources.

Finally, guilt must be addressed.

Now perhaps you’ve already lost a loved one to suicide or know of someone who attempted. The guilt of surviving. The guilt of “was there something I could’ve said or done?”. The guilt of not keeping in touch or distancing yourself when you didn’t know how to help or when their sadness made your sadness worse. The guilt of not answering that last text or call. Not dealing with your emotions, pain, guilt or grief puts you at risk as well!

It’s ok to not be ok but don’t stay in that space. Reach out. Get help. Look for grief support groups in your area. Whatever we internalize will eventually materialize if it’s not dealt with.

You deserve healing and support too.

And also…

if someone threatens to kill or hurt themselves if you don’t stay in a relationship with them, please know that is a weight no one deserves to bear. There are genuine cries for help and then there are sordid tactics of manipulation. However to avoid misdiagnosing someone’s emotional and mental state or if you lack the ability to truly discern if someone’s in crisis: LOVINGLY OFFER RESOURCES. Direct their attention to trained volunteers and professionals who are willing to help.

I pray this piece is helpful. Won’t you share? You never know who’s going through or someone who has already gone through. Live Through This is a fascinating movement chronicling the lives of real suicide attempt survivors.

Be encouraged and remember:

As you Hold On To Life!

Blessings!

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If you or a loved one are in crisis please use the following resources:

The National Suicide Hotline

800-273-TALK (Veterans Press 1)

TEEN SUICIDE CRISIS HOTLINE- 800-852-8336 (Trained Teen Counselors)

The Trevor Project (LGBT Community) 866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline (Transgendered Community) 877-565-8860

Crisis Text: Text HOTLINE to 741741 ***If outside the U.S visit http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html for assistance

Thank you for being here!

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My big brother (from another mother) George (Ward) & I haven’t worked together in 7 yrs…almost to the day!! I was cohost on his Spirit & Truth Show for a couple of years. We had a few technical snafoos during our FB live event but all in all we were able to share vital contact info. We received encouraging feedback that it helped to give hope and new insight to our viewers!!

Blessings to you all & thanks again! Thank You Video below!!

The following are resources mentioned during the show! Much love💫e

The Buddy Project http://www.buddy-project.org/ (Twitter Pairing for Teens/Young Adults)

Depressed While Black http://www.depressedwhileblack.com/ (Mental Health stories from an African American Lens)

Hold On, Inc @HoldToLife on Twitter (Faith Based Suicide Prevention Organization)

Live Through This http://livethroughthis.org/ (A collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors.) Mental Health In The Black Community http://outsidethehousedoc.com/ (Documentary – Language Advisory)

Hotlines

The National Suicide Hotline

800-273-TALK (Veterans Press 1)

TEEN SUICIDE CRISIS HOTLINE- 800-852-8336 (Trained Teen Counselors)

The Trevor Project (LGBT Community) 866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline (Transgendered Community) 877-565-8860

Crisis Text: Text HOTLINE to 741741 ***If outside the U.S visit http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html for assistance

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LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE TODAY!

Join my big brother George Ward & I today Saturday June 9, 2108 at 3:30pm EST, as we have a laid back but necessary heart to heart about Suicide Awareness & Prevention. We will be discussing real life issues and providing resources💫e

Tune in Live by Clicking the Link Below:

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Welcome to Day 12 of #TheLoveLetterProject Writing Challenge created by Marie of The Notion Of Love! If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the rules here!

Day 12

To The Girl Still Waiting

I too am waiting

Waiting on prayers prayed

And

Waiting on dreams dreamed

And

Waiting on decreed manifestations

But

Who or what is waiting on me us?

I promise you

If I had waited for everything to be just right

You and I wouldn’t be having this conversation.

As I shared in an earlier piece

GOD CAN…I CAN’T

I remember rehearsing all the reasons why

I could not move forward with my desire and life calling to inspire others

I wanted everything to be perfect.

From eradicating debt to improving my health and physical appearance.

Sure those are things I am still working on

But who needs me NOW?

In this short video clip from a few years ago – I am honest about how worrying about such things is not where my focus should be – ’cause I could miss an opportunity to literally save a life.

Life is too short Beloved!

So today while waiting…

I want you to honestly ask yourself a few questions:

  • Are you waiting or procrastinating?
  • Why are you waiting?
  • Is who/what you’re waiting for worth waiting for?
  • Is it something or someone that has also deemed you worth the wait?

Lord God,

I pray that you would grant the person reading this right now wisdom and discernment. I pray for clarity and wisdom to prevail. May they know their worth and not settle waiting for who or what has already moved on.

Thank you for the gift of grace to wait patiently and honorably. Give us the courage to push past our insecurities so we can bless those waiting on us.

Amen

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Season 1 Episode 1 (Premiere)

*Language Advisory on the first song only

Show Description

Welcome to the Season 1 Premiere of the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Author, Poet, Entrepreneur “Roger Wyze” Smith; Blogger and Mental Health Advocate living with bipolar disorder; Kitt O’Malley and National Best Selling Author, CEO of Pure Vision TV Network, Suicide Attempt Survivor; DiShan Washington.  Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO  IG | FB | @InspirationWithE  Twitter | @EAInspiration  Blog https://authenticiteespeaks.com/
*Language Advisory on the first song only

++Interviews begin at 20:41

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Been trying to catch my breath. 

Every time I attempted to put pen to paper about the horrific events unfolding in the world, another hideous event would happen. From terror attacks to the evil murders of unarmed African Americans by those called to protect and serve; to the catastrophic retaliations. I believe we are living in the last days. 

You know it’s funny (not funny) that “these are the last days”, is a phrase often said during trying times. Thousands upon thousands of years ago, Jesus’ disciples wanted to know when the end was coming and in Matthew 24 of the Holy Bible, a teaching moment by Adonai was seized. There’s nothing new under the sun and yet we are seeing things we thought we’d never see. 

In between these treasured breaths we’re gifted with, its easy to be discouraged and hard to stay positive. Breathing is vital but taking a moment to breathe is necessary. I implore you to breathe. In between breaths I pray that you’re not only strengthened, I pray you’re alert enough to notice those who are not breathing around you; those having a hard time coping. 

While it’s an extremely liberating “aha moment” to realize everyone is not assigned to your caseload, Love invites us to be attentive to others. Perhaps you may feel that you’re barely functioning and you have nothing to offer anyone else. Maybe you’ve just learned the value of self care and don’t feel strong enough yet to help others. I get it, but admonish you as you watch as well as pray during this hour, to look out for others too. 

If you or a loved one are suicidal, in crisis or having a hard time coping, PLEASE know that you matter and are not alone! If you need someone to talk to, don’t be afraid to reach out. 

The National Suicide Hotline 

800-273-TALK (Veterans Press 1)
The Trevor Project (LGBT Community) 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline (Transgendered Community) 877-565-8860
Crisis Text: Text HOTLINE to 741741

Distressline 800-985-5990 offers 24/7 support for those who have a hard time coping after disasters. 

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