Suicide, cutting and mental illness is on the rise. In this episode Lisa Campbell, a licensed Social Worker, joins host, Lyvita Brooks to discuss 4 things. First, understanding the terms differences, warning signs, who might attempt suicide and lastly, there is another way of relieving your pain because life is worth living. The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or Hotline is 988.
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Saints, welcome to Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast, I’m Lyvita Brooks, Christian author, Bible teacher, and founder of The Me Project Academy bringing you interviews, book reviews, Christian news, reminders about who you are and whose you are in Christ Jesus and information on how to live a purpose-filled life in Christ.
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Now on to the episode ...
1:52 - This is episode number 62 and I’m talking with Lisa Campbell, a licensed social worker in Washington, DC who works with high schoolers. She is also my cousin. Yes, Saints, I really do have a lot of cousins because my grandparents had a lot of children, on both sides. Our discussion is around suicide and cutting.
Two things that I have seen too much of, and experienced, especially with our youth. It’s growing and as Believers we need to know the signs and differences between, suicide, cutting and mental illness, and how to handle it, as well as, ways of escape. When a person loses hope about whatever it is they put their faith in, or negative voices that haven’t been put in check which one has been dwelling on, well no telling what will happen. This is why guarding your mind is so important (Philippians 4:6-7) because it is where life and health flows from (Proverbs 4: 21 -25). We are too valuable to give up or self-harm ourselves when God has embedded gifts and talents, and His Holy Spirit within us to be victorious.
If you enjoy this episode then check out episode 55 called God’s Temple where we share from God’s word just how special you are and to Him, as well as, how to guard your mind by keeping your temple clean.
So the discussion with Lisa Campbell is coming up in the interview section.
3:23 - So in Christian news, in which this news that I’m about to share is for Believers or not because it effects our Freedom of Speech rights and that means our rights to speak freely about our faith, religion or beliefs will be jeopardize.
Alliance Depending Freedom, a Christian law firm, with Lorie Smith, owner of 303 Creative filed a lawsuit over 6 years ago against the state of Colorado defending her right to create websites with messages that do not violate her religious convictions. This case will go to the Supreme Court this Fall.
Lorie Smith works with everyone, including those who classify themselves as LGBTIA+. Her decision to work with a person is not based on one’s gender or race. Her faith influences all aspects of her life and that includes which messages she expresses and promotes as a graphic designer.
Saints, we are in a constant wrestle against the “rulers, authorities, powers of this present darkness and spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12) in this world. Don’t forget we do not wrestle against flesh in blood. Therefore, as Believers in Christ Jesus our home is in Heaven, our mission, purpose, duty/job is here. If we can’t spread the Gospel, as written in the Bible, but can only say certain things, then we have watered down the Gospel and it then isn’t the Gospel but what man wants. Christ Jesus stands before God for us, let’s do what we were called to do. Stand and having stood, stand some more for The Truth, The Bible, for our right to Believe that Jesus is the Son of God and there is only one God… God Almighty. We serve a triune God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, prayer is needed. Let’s pray that Alliance Depending Freedom and Lorie Smith’s case is heard and she receives favor from the Supreme Court judges, as well as, the judges continue to upload a person’s right for free speech in the United States of America whose Constitution states that everyone has the right of Freedom of Speech and the Supreme Court judges do not add any stipulations or adjustments to that law.
7:27 - Some personal update(s):
Hope you are enjoying our new format. Now come walk with me where we intentionally and daily hang out with Jesus.
God Almighty, The Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that is within them, be with us now as we discuss a hard subject that has been inflicting many, including your children. Help Lisa and I to speak with clarity and urgency so that lives will be changed towards helping those in need of guarding their hearts and minds, as well as their owns. And that the Supreme Court judges this Fall vote in favor of Americans, in particular Lorie Smith and Alliance Depending Freedom case, for having the right to Freedom of Speech without retaliation or adjustments. In Jesus name, Amen.
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****Note: We are not medical doctors. These are the opinions of the host and her guest. This information is not to be taken as medical advice, because that is not our profession.****
11:27 – Lyvita: Saints, this was a hard episode to put together. Simply because, I had too much to pack into just a few minutes. So I’ve invited my cousin, Lisa Campbell, a licensed Social Worker, to help me discuss suicide and cutting. Life is worth living. I want you to know that there is another way for handling the stressed and disappointments of life. With God, you have gots to trust His process.
13:40 – How this topic originated
15:00 – Understanding of cutters/ people who self-harm
17:15 – Understanding of Suicide and mental illness
19:08 – Introduction of Lisa Campbell
20:41 – Self-esteem’s impact on hope
22:34 – Lack of Understanding
24:01 – What do we need to develop in our lives to build us up against committing these impulsive or planned acts?
25:35 – Warning Signs
27:50 – The importance of Listening and letting them know that you are there
29:20 – Type of people you can talk to
31:34 - Lyvita: Here’s what I found out from the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Advocacy organizations. The Hotline number is 988. Suicide is a major public health problem. The most suicidal months of the year occur in the spring: April, May and June. September is suicide awareness month. Suicide is when a person takes their own life. A suicide attempt is when someone harms themselves with the intent to end their life, but they do not die.
32:23 – Goal of this episode
32:55 – Guard your thoughts
33:55 – Importance of Bible study application and spending quality time with the Lord
34:22 – Host brief testimony
37:42 – Things to remember
38:50 – Lisa’s last words
41:18 – Lisa prays us out.
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So until we meet again over the airwaves, intentionally and daily, hang out with Jesus.
Lyvita and Lisa: Shalom!
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