"It is easier to say 'My tooth is aching' than to say 'My heart is broken.'"

Researchers tell us that 800,000 people a year lose their life to suicide. Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day. On the eve of that day, Jarrid Wilson became one of those 800,000. Jarrid was a 30 year old pastor in California, a husband, a father of 2 sons, author, an advocate for helping people deal with mental health issues and so well known that more than 80,000 people followed him on social media. The fight for life is so real and the enemy of our souls is far too effective in his schemes.

I want to put in print before you that there are people to talk to for help if this is a battle you are currently fighting against. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255 and their website is suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Also, there are many LOCAL professional counselors available to work with anyone dealing with mental health issues. Local groups such as StressCare (706-552-0706) and Stonegate (706-546-7550) are places you can call confidentially. If you are willing to contact me I also would welcome the opportunity to connect you with many other counseling professionals or at least get the conversation started that would lead to help. My email is carlos@watkinsville.org.

C.S. Lewis wrote, "Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say 'My tooth is aching' than to say 'My heart is broken.'"

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:2, "Bear one another's burdens." Don't fight mental health issues alone.

With care

Pastor Carlos