The Stigma of Suicide

Stigma silences. Stigma shames. Stigma controls. Stigma creates barriers. Stigma isolates. Stigma alienates. Stigma spreads fear. Perhaps nothing in the field of mental health is more stigmatized and misunderstood than suicide. Part of the problem is the stigma itself. Why is it so hard to talk about suicide? As a suicide loss survivor and asContinue reading “The Stigma of Suicide”

Blessed Youth

“Sometimes I cry when I am laughing so hard and my sides hurt,” I smile as I talk to my six year old niece. “Yes, tears just start falling out of my eyes!” “It’s the same water that’s in your nose,” she says matter-of-factly. “And sometimes I cry when I am feeling sad or lonely.Continue reading “Blessed Youth”

The Beatitudes of the Pastor

1. Blessed is the pastor who embraces simplicity and sharing her lifestyle because her witness gives birth to the realm of heaven. 2. Blessed is the pastor who does not fear to water her face with tears, so that in them can be mirrored the sorrows of the people, the fatigue of the ministries, andContinue reading “The Beatitudes of the Pastor”