In the Adventist church, it's possible that one of the only things we talk about less than we talk about suicide is incest - which is not only sad, but dangerous, as the National Institute of Mental Health reported that in 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15 - 24. Why won't we talk about this? Are there things we can do to prevent our young adults from attempting suicide? Are there risk factors we can look out for? On Saturday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m., Lifted presents "Ready to Die" - an open discussion about suicide
Ms. Daphne Bolden - a clinical specialist in adult mental health (APRN-PMH, CNS board certified) - will share information with us about suicide: the risk factors, what we can do if we think a friend is suicidal, what someone can do if he or she feels suicidal, suicide rates in the Adventist church and much more. She will also take questions from the audience, as we do - via text. Please come out and get informed and educated about this extremely important topic. If you think this is something that is happening somewhere else, know that so far this year, two of our young people at Metro have attempted suicide, and a few years ago, so did I. This is definitely not someone else's problem.
As is our custom, Lifted will also feature an uplifting praise and worship session, a video, and this week we are pleased to present Silent Judah - a mime group from Washington Adventist University. We invite you to come out and be blessed!