As we go into a long holiday weekend, I am thinking about those we serve and those who are supporting them through the weekend. Holidays are a prime time for suicide ideation and attempts. If you are working this weekend, be alert for people who are struggling. Be ready to listen when they need to talk. If you have to do work around the office, put it aside for a while and spend time with them.
On the other hand, be alert for those same signs in your colleagues. It’s hard to be there for people in need and not have time to care for your own needs yourself. Lend a helping hand and offer to let that person go home an hour or so early to spend time with his/her family. Do what you can to be an encourager.
If it’s you who’s hurting, ASK FOR HELP. Be honest with someone about how you’re feeling. Spend time with those you love. If you’re alone, find someone to be with or somewhere to be when you’re not working so that you don’t have to spend your whole Christmas without some kind of community. Be home for others, and find others to be home for you.