Aug 5, 2014 | Volunteering with Please Live
Oops, it looks like I missed a month of blog posting! But for good reason, I promise!
July was hectic for me, both in my personal life and in the life of Please Live. The highlight of the month was heading out to Ft. Collins, Colorado to host two suicide prevention workshops at the Church of the Brethren's National Youth Conference. One workshop was targeted towards staff, and another was targeted towards teens. I received a great response from both workshops, many local pastors from Pennsylvania promising me they'd be in touch to bring Please Live to their congregations.
Here's some feedback we received from both workshops:
"Very energetic leader and very informative. Didn't realize how many teens attempt suicide. The numbers are staggering."
"This workshop really meant a lot to me. I have dealt with depression and anxiety and suicidal ideation for years. I've never had someone explain the terrible things I feel in such an accurate and yet still lighthearted way."
"I have had thoughts relating to the ones you talked about, like hoping I won't wake up or that a car will hit me. I have no interest in attempting suicide. I feel very depressed during the school year but that's probably due to stress and social interactions (or lack thereof). I'm very glad you led this seminar and I feel a lot more comfortable. [...] I will make it out of this labyrinth."
"FANTASTIC workshop! Thank you so much! I feel ready to help when my friends come to me."
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