As our economic problems continue to grow, so too, do the number of people who are experiencing financial difficulties. Unfortunately, many people are unable to cope with these challenges and often do not know where to turn for help. When this happens, people can fall into depression and experience feelings of hopelessness and despair.
In response to the rising needs of Americans in financial crisis, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration took the initiative this week to increase financial support to suicide centers across the nation by over 1 million dollars. This was prompted by a rise in financially related suicide calls which indicates which is very concerning.
Some of our readers have expressed their own fears and challenges recently and I want to make sure that all of you know where to go for help if you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope. To be sure, these are challenging times for almost everyone but without question some people are more vulnerable than others.
It’s important that you know how valuable each and every one of you are. We all matter and deserve
help and support in finding our way through life’s challenges. If
we can simply allow ourselves to reach out, there are many resources of
support available to us. So, if someone you know is in despair, please reach out
to them and offer them this information so they can get the help and
support they need.
Also, if you, or someone you know, are feeling depressed, hopeless or in despair, please reach out to one or more of these resources:
Reach out to a friend who is a good listener.
Contact a local minister or rabbi and ask for help.
The Samaritans have created an incredible support system for
people in despair called “the befrienders.” They can be reached 24
hours a day for compassionate, non-judgemental emotional support. You
can speak confidentially with a volunteer on the phone, or e-mail them.
- You can also talk to a therapist online at Psych Central.
There is an online depression support group called “Walkers in
Darkness” where you can connect with others who can offer support.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or feelings, please call 1-800-SUICIDE.
If you are a teenager in need of help, call Covenant House at 1-800-999-9999.
As a community here on Beliefnet, I’d like to ask those of you who feel
moved to help others during this financial crisis to form a Prayer
Circle. Together, we can pray for those in financial despair to receive
personal and financial help and support they greatly need and deserve.
Please say this prayer for all those in need today:
We ask for your love, guidance and support for all those in need at this time. Help us each to have hope and faith during times of struggle. Release us from the bondage of the past and awaken us to the gift of today where hope and possibility lies waiting for us to return and begin again. Help us to know that our true value and worth is far greater than our net worth or financial struggles. Strengthen our faith and help us to heal the illusion of separation. Return us to the truth and the heart of your love. We surrender this you and know that it is done. And so it is.
Peace & Blessings!