F was finally feeling better. She’d been meeting with a mentor, working through the effects of some past abuse, and she was finally moving forward, creating a healthy environment for herself and her children. Then tragedy hit the family and F was left reeling with grief. Sometimes she’d make it in, other times she’d call the center, just to reach out and talk through the heartache.
Isolating is a common reaction to grief or depression, but it works against the process of healing. Supportive, trusting relationships aren’t the solve-all for thoughts of despair, but they are an asset in helping a person resolve grief and push through complicated feelings of loss or life, which is why building strong relationships with our Hope clients is an important part of our mission.
Every 40 seconds, one person dies by suicide, and for every death, there are an additional 25 suicide attempts. Now a leading cause of death in the U.S., suicide is no longer a conversation limited to hospitals and doctors. Schools, youth groups, and social media are discussing suicide prevention, and September has been named Suicide Prevention Month.
What are we doing at Hope to stand against hopelessness? We offer grief support groups, Celebrate Recovery, mentoring, and fun classes like jewelry making and painting. Therapy comes in many forms at Hope and we consider it a privilege to support women in crisis and hardship.