As the Community Care Director for a counseling center, it’s not uncommon to be in conversations about suicide. Yet, no matter how common it may be, it has yet to feel normal.
And the reason why is because it’s not. It’s a sign of hurt and pain. We live in a broken world, which can result in people’s minds taking them down this dark road. And it’s no respecter of minds.
- The middle-age pastor’s mind that goes home after leading a Sunday service and questions why he should go on.
- The twelve-year-old middle schooler’s mind that leads her to a parking lot where she chooses to end her pain.
- The senior citizen’s mind that says, “I’m done fighting this battle with my body.”
As I witnessed again this morning, when a hurting mind is met with love, empathy, and strength, healing is available. It’s not instantaneous; it’s one step at a time. A step, however small it may be, toward the light may be all that mind needs to stop spiraling into darkness.
Be light to those you know or suspect are lonely, hurting, or in pain. That is normal. And it needs to be more common.