“For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.” -Ephesians 5:8
I am so happy to have recently become a Crisis Counselor for the national Crisis Text Line. I was reminded this week of one of the main reasons I do it.
As a volunteer, I received an email from the founder. She was letting us know that there has been a huge increase in the volume of texters since the deaths by suicide of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
In light of that, she was also sharing with us that we are working to be the sunshine in this darkness. And she reminded us, America is hurting.
It’s a powerful and huge responsibility to take texters on the line, meet them where they are, and try to help them get to a “cool calm” in their times of crisis.
But, as she reminded us, our sunshine doesn’t have to stop there. In fact, for everyone, there are simple ways to let your own light shine.
For one thing, don’t be afraid to ask those around you how they are really doing. Don’t fear asking them directly if they are thinking of suicide or taking their own life.
Data shows that doing so does not increase the likelihood of them thinking about it or doing it. Instead, it opens the door to help and allowing someone to feel seen. And who knows the great impact that simple act can have.