We are part of the solution

This afternoon I sat back in my recliner, put my feet up and opened Facebook. Looking for something sweet and cute to view…perhaps another animal video, a yummy recipe, or someone’s vacation pictures.

Instead I read a friend’s FB post about a person she follows on Twitter who lives in the UK. He had just posted he had taken an overdose of pain medication…90 pills!!

She had been unable to contact the UK police. So now what?

We are on the other side of the Atlantic, but that was not going to stop me from reaching out. I thought perhaps the USA Suicide Hotline might help, but they cannot do anything about international suicide attempts.

Next I looked at his Twitter account…just who is he and where does he live? Would he have his location listed on his Twitter account? YES!

His hometown was listed. I knew my phone did not allow international calls, but I still tried calling his police department…No that did not work. Then I searched FB using his hometown as the search word. On the hometown’s FB page a body building business had just posted a comment. I responded telling them of the situation. They immediately responded. The young man was someone they knew and they said they would take care of it.

I also emailed his local police department just to be on the safe side and posted on their Twitter feed that he needed help.

No, I was not the only one that was trying to get him help. Across the world, as a community, many of us contacted people in his town and his local police department.

It was a great relief to read a Tweet by one of his friends that the police were with him. Please pray for this very troubled young man.

Thankfully with FB and Twitter, we could help a hurting soul across the pond.Untitled presentation-3

Once I knew he was being taken care of I read through some of his Tweets. Not long ago he was posting everyday things…then Nice happened. As terrorist attacks increased, his conversations became more dark. He voiced his lack of faith and the folly in the belief in God.

He may not believe in God, but I believe God placed the right people in his path today. I pray that one day he comes to the realization that there is a God…my God. I count it a privilege to have been a part of the solution.

Psalm 34:18-19 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

I just read he is in the hospital. This was a very close call and not sure he is out of the woods. Please lift him up in prayer.

Blessings, Susan

5 thoughts on “We are part of the solution

  1. Reblogged this on LifeWhataJoy and commented:

    Sadly again SUICIDE is in the headlines.

    I recently read that approximately every 40 minutes someone in the world takes their own life. What a sobering stat!

    When I was in college I was one of those persons that ANSWERED the suicide hotline in Gainesville, FL. My shift was from 8 pm to 12 am. During those hours many people (of which a high percentage were students) suffered from despair. Listening to those calls, having peers contact police while I was on the phone with someone who made an attempt was more than challenging; my prayer is that we made a difference.

    Are you or one of your loved ones at risk of suicide?

    If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call someone. The National Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-273-8255.

    I pray that each of us are more aware of the inner turmoil the people around us are experiencing. Reach out to them.

    Reposting a previous blog of mine from 2016.


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