As some of you may know, September is suicide awareness month. Thoughts of suicide are a very real struggle for many. Here at PI we talk a lot around the subject of depression and want you to know that despite what your feelings may be telling you, the pain you’re experiencing may be a chapter in your life, but it will not be all there is to your life. Today we want to post a few experiences from four PI Girls who shared with us what helped pull them through.
“I consistently read uplifting scripture in Psalms and prayed and cried out to God. I would tell myself these weren’t thoughts from God and He had plans for Me to prosper and serve Him.” —Christina S.
“I’ve struggled with suicidal ideation most my life. Things that have helped me most:
- Consistent time with the Lord
- Consistent time with POSITIVE Christian friends and mentors, [including] having a Christian mentor I could approach honestly about the struggles.
- Therapy (but with a licensed counselor, not just the pastor who took one biblical counseling class)
- Having a safety plan in place. Mine consisted of five people I would text before doing anything rash.
- Good old worship music!
My best piece of inspirational thought is to always hang on through the roughest nights, because His JOY comes in the morning. And you are never, ever too far gone for His love. Ever.” —Lauren B.
“At the very basic [level], knowing that you’re not the only one who experiences it, and that you don’t have to suffer through it alone, is HUGE. That, and music has been an IMMENSE GIFT God has given to help.” —Jessica R.
“Remembering the reasons I have to stay alive (the one that stuck out the most to me at the time was my goddaughter). Having people to talk with who had also been there and understood the struggles that come along with it.” —Gina S.