We talk about the Church needing to step up with regards to mental health. No greater need from the Church is present than crisis services and suicide prevention and we’ve talked about how churches can help prevent this in their community now. And amazingly, there is a Christian suicide prevention ministry already there you can utilize, To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA).

TWLOHA is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope & finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, & suicide. Originally started simply as the founder Jamie Tworkowski wanting to save the life of his friend who struggled with addiction and suicide, so did a fundraiser to help her get into treatment. Here’s their story.

Now the organization has raised over $2 million to get people into treatment and continue to spread awareness and point people to resources available. Churches literally can sign up to partner with them simply by hosting them and sharing what the organization is about, it’s that easy.

A video posted on their YouTube channel is a great short film with all of the emotions the ministry holds without words being said. It’s about community, it’s about support, it’s about helping people one person at a time. And it can all be done in the hope of Jesus’ name. Redemption can happen.

I’ll encourage you to give this your full attention, it is the best ten minutes of reflection and prayer you can offer yourself and your community today. Then in the comments, share what resources you know for suicide prevention that needs talked about.

Published by Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is a Licensed Professional Counselor working with adults and youth. Jeremy has a history of working as a ministry director for Youth for Christ for 8 years and then working as a mental health and substance use adult counselor in Ohio, specifically running an Opioid Residential Treatment Center.

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