The Listening Heart: A Lifeline to Suicide Prevention

Ingrid Peschke, a spiritual thinker, syndicated writer and colleague, explores how early detection of suicidal tendencies may be a major key to a solution that could lessen the number of suicides in the United States.  Ingrid shares her own spiritual remedy which includes reaching out with compassion to people in need of emotional help.  It could be a family member, a neighbor, or even someone you have just met.  This genuine outpouring of good and love has the spiritual power to affect and bring about a totally different outcome. Let’s join Ingrid and read what she has to say on this heart felt issue that touches many Americans.

People who lose friends and loved ones to suicide often say they never had a clue. The good news is, talking about suicide is no longer taboo, but recognizing the signs isn’t always easy.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention set a bold new goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025, and a new survey shows promise in reaching that goal. The findings say a strong majority (81%) disagree that if someone wants to die by suicide, there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Given that many people who feel suicidal don’t seek care from a mental health professional, this puts the emphasis on family, friends and acquaintances to be even more vigilant. The survey found that among those who knew someone who had talked about, attempted, or died by suicide, the top response for care was not psychotherapy or medication, but rather talk therapy.

If identifying the signs feels like a daunting task, especially for those who aren’t mental health care professionals, it helps to remember that we each have reservoirs of compassion and wisdom within us to reach the struggling heart. For those who turn to prayer for direction in life, such understanding is characterized by spiritual intuition and trust in divine intelligence. Listening to God can provide answers beyond what we think we’re capable of, bringing us to acknowledge, as the Bible says, “…now I truly realize wisdom comes from God.” (Job 32: 8)

 

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org