This Sunday starts National Suicide Prevention Week, a heavy topic, but one we want to always engage with here at Project. There’s certainly plenty of stress, world tragedy, political and social upheaval and more surrounding our lives and while I want to acknowledge that reality, I also want to suggest that we all find better sources to feed from. The news isn’t in the business of Feel Good, Do Good. They never have, and never will be there. So what we get from those sources is constant drama, heaviness in every situation and not a lot of hope.
Let’s not sugarcoat reality. A lot of things going on in the world suck.
But let’s also not ignore the good that’s happening all around us, and as jumpstart into the fall season, I’m more aware than ever of how fragile our days can be and how important it is to look for the good in life while taking care of our overall mental health.
School is back full time. Last year, it was flat out canceled as we navigated the first days of online school.
Most things are open, and concerts are coming back, a stark difference from 12 months ago.
While there are still hard stories and realities happening–and the climate continues to be so polarizing–I’m hopeful for the coming days. Last year, I was honestly stretching hard to find much hope at all.
It gets better. It always does. And I hope you feel, and recognize that in your own corner.
It might take some harder reflection. It might take some tough work to fully understand that while life might not be good now, God can use this moment and this time to draw you closer to Him. Anyone who has crawled their way out of the valley, regardless of distance, will always say how worth it that journey was.
So stay in the journey. And if you need help, find someone to talk to. The Project crew is always here via text at 208-455-0887. Idaho has it’s own hotline set up at 208-398-4357. Don’t do today alone and make yourself available to others if you’re in a good spot.
We’re in this together. Always.