With a string of high-profile celebrity suicides in the news—Robin Williams, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain—it feels like we're in the middle of a national epidemic.
In fact, according to the CDC, suicide rates are on the rise—especially among middle-aged men and women.
We hope depression, suicide, or the danger of suicide don't become a part of your leadership experience, but they might. If you're faced with navigating a difficult situation, either for yourself or a member of your group, here's a resource that can offer some basic help:
It should go without saying that a two-page PDF isn't a comprehensive solution to a problem as big as depression and suicidal thoughts.
Don't go it alone. I can't emphasize this enough. Depression and suicidal ideation are not problems a group should try to handle on its own.
If you think someone in your group is at risk for suicide, please reach out to your groups director or the Care ministry at church. Involve a pastor on staff, so that they can engage the professionals needed to encourage, support, and help your struggling group member.
Your group member doesn't have to be alone in their struggle, and neither do you.