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Women and Suicide

I had just finished attending my monthly meeting of Survivors of Suicide (SOS) group a few weeks ago. While my son took his life in 1993, I still go to the meetings on and off to find companionship and like-minded grieving people to share our stories. As I drove home, what struck me were two things:   1-How many moms …

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The Other Reformation

The 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation begins soon.  And I am reminded of the other Reformation that is upon us.  Reform is taking  place about mental health  and  de-stigmatization of suicide prevention in the  ELCA which has taken many steps to advance a new age for those who struggle with lost hope. the social message on suicide prevention in …

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Here’s one suicide prevention tool we all need

While giving a presentation about suicide prevention to a group of teens at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill., one of the pastors stepped forward and told this story: I witnessed my neighbor last year moving herself and her three children out of their house on a Saturday. She had experienced a turbulent, violent marriage and divorce. I took her …