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Raising Awareness on Suicide Prevention at Catalyst Church on Raceway

In light of Grayson Murray's recent suicide, we at Catalyst Church on Raceway feel compelled to address this deeply troubling issue. We want to take a moment to share some crucial signs that could help identify someone in distress. Let's lift them together if you or someone you know is struggling. No one should suffer alone. There are resources available, including apps like MY3, Suicide Safe by SAMHSA, ASK, and Prevent Suicide by Mental Health.


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“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Understanding the Scope of the Problem

Tragically, nearly 50,000 people in the United States die by suicide each year, with almost 1.5 million attempts. While statistically, 70% of suicides are committed by white males, more women attempt suicide than men. Though younger individuals are generally less likely to commit suicide, there has been a concerning increase in suicides among young people.



Being prepared for Suicide Prevention

Often, suicides are preceded by warning signs that go unnoticed or ignored. By being aware of these signs, you may be able to save a life:

  • Feeling Hopeless Hopelessness is a severe challenge. When someone feels their situation will never improve, suicide can seem like a logical solution. Showing them that change is possible, even through small achievements, can make a difference.

  • Lack of Interest in Previously Enjoyable Activities A primary sign of depression is a loss of interest in activities that once brought joy. It could be a warning sign if someone suddenly loses interest in something they used to love.

  • Talking About Suicide Many people considering suicide will mention it. If someone you know talks about suicide expresses interest in it or asks your opinion on it, take it seriously.

  • Intentional Isolation When deeply unhappy, people often withdraw from social interactions. If a usually sociable friend starts isolating themselves, it's a sign something might be wrong.

  • Giving Away Possessions Those contemplating suicide might start giving away their valuable belongings. This can include anything from tools to pets, indicating they are preparing for their absence.

  • Depression Depression is a significant warning sign of suicide. It's important to remember that depression is treatable with many available options.

  • Strong Feelings of Guilt or Shame: Overwhelming guilt or shame can lead to suicidal thoughts. Therapy can help manage these feelings; many free resources are available online.

  • Saying Goodbye to Friends and Family If someone is giving you a farewell that feels final, it might indicate they are considering suicide.

  • Stating That Others Would Be Better Off Without Them When someone believes their death would benefit others, it is a severe warning sign of suicidal intent.


Taking Action

Recognizing these signs can be the first step in preventing a tragedy. Given the prevalence of suicide attempts, it's likely you know someone who has considered it, even if you don't realize it. By understanding the warning signs and acting on them, you can help stop someone from ending their life needlessly.

At Catalyst Church on Raceway, we stand together in support of those struggling with suicidal thoughts. If you need help, please get in touch with the resources mentioned or us for support. Let's ensure no one suffers alone.

“Save a Life Today: Recognize the Signs of Suicide and Act”


Resources

  • MY3: An app designed to help those with .

  • Suicide Safe by SAMHSA: Provides tools for clinicians to integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice.

  • ASK: An app that provides resources and support for those at risk of suicide.

  • Prevent Suicide by Mental Health: Offers various resources and support options for suicide prevention.


Together, we can make a difference. Let's lift each other and ensure that everyone feels valued and supported. Through hope and awareness, we can contribute to suicide prevention and help those in need.

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