SUICIDE IS REAL AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO AVOID THE SUBJECT WE'RE CONTINUING TO LOSE LIVES RIGHT HERE IN OUR HOMETOWNS. 😰😰😰
This will probably offend some and let's be honest, I play it safe most of the time so this time I'm not sorry for what I feel led to say. If you don't understand suicide, I encourage you to educate yourself. If you take it lightly and belittle others who are contemplating taking their own life, you are part of the problem.
So many people are hurting around you and while you may be doing your best to push through yourself and make it through the day, your brother/sister/neighbor and even unattractive, stench-filled stranger sitting next to you or near you may be on their last leg at the end of their wits trying to make sense of where they are in their journey. You may be the very last person that could positively impact their day.
PLEASE check on those around you daily. Especially the ones with the big smile who do their part in cheering you up and making sure you're okay. Those are usually the ones hurting the most and that's their way of coping and trying to push forward.
No, you are right, you are dealing with your own personal battles. What could you possibly have to give? A smile, a hug, a shoulder, an ear, words of comfort or encouragement. You've got it in you.
Maybe you want to help those around you, but don't know what to say or how to press in and let them know that you can be trusted and that they can break down in front of you in confidence if need be. What could you possibly have to give? A smile, a hug, a shoulder, an ear, words of comfort or encouragement. You've got it in you.
But with everything going through your mind right this moment, you could've sent a text to at least 5 people saying you love them and want them to know that you're there for them whenever they need you most. At this exact moment I'm sending a text to ten people in my phone. I will ask those 10 people to do the same. Forget all the chain messages and game requests, let's show compassion and save lives or at the very least do our best to.
I'm saddened and angered at the amount of people who have taken their lives this year in Southwest Louisiana. Those feelings are not directed toward the lost, but toward our community as a whole. The news, media and other influencers should be sending positive messages reminding you and I that we do matter and that we make up a community and are never alone.
Yet, it seems as though we continue avoiding the subject matter, acting as though it didn't happen if it didn't directly affect us, or we're too proud to admit one of our closest people were dealing with something and didn't choose us to come to. Look beyond that please.
Life goes beyond that. Each moment, in each moment, everything can shift in someone's life and it is important that we be attentive and caring.
Yes, you should love yourself, but love yourself while loving others also.
There's a national suicide prevention hotline that we should all have saved in our phones. 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can even text the Crisis Text Line. It's a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741.
That stranger on the other end of the phone devotes each day to being there in case someone needs another human to talk to before making a decision that is irreversible.
Please check on your people daily. If we all checked on our brothers/sisters/neighbors and even strangers we'd be better, stronger and closer. They may push back, they may not open up, but at least you did your part and checked on them. It does matter to them even if it may seem as though it doesn't in that moment.
What could you possibly have to give? A smile, a hug, a shoulder, an ear, words of comfort or encouragement. You've got it in you. We're all only human, but it's amazing what we can do for our fellow humans if we only try.
Dear God, I pray for the family, friends and loved ones of those who have lost someone close them to suicide, overdose or anything else that claimed the life of their loved one too soon. I pray that you would direct us and make us more aware of those who are struggling and in need of someone or something to reach out to them and extend love and options that go beyond a life altering decision. I pray that our community would grow stronger and closer and that more lives would be saved through our intentional joint efforts. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
We will soon be holding regular prayer meetings throughout the area and will be more intentional about praying for our city. If you are interested in being a part of that, please private message me.
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