Hope In The Darkness

If you are in a crisis situation please dial 911 (USA) or 999 (UK).  If contemplating suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255, or CLICK HERE to chat online with someone right now.  For a list of suicide crisis lines for every part of the world, click here.

ifred-logoiFred.org (International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression)
One of the greatest challenges when dealing with depression is the feeling of hopelessness, that you are alone, and that nobody understands. But you are not alone, and there are many, many others who know what you’re going through – and they are a couple of clicks away.  At iFred.org you can find support groups, peer-to-peer support, learn about hope, and other resources free of charge.  They also have a list of other numbers and websites you can look to for help and support.

7 CUPS (Talk to a trained volunteer anytime for FREE)
Life getting you down? Need to talk to someone? No matter who you are or what you’re going through, this is a place where you’ll be heard and cared for.  The volunteers at 7 Cups might be strangers to you at first – but they are just friends you haven’t met yet.  7 Cups’ trained volunteer listeners are available 24/7 to give emotional support over online chat. It’s anonymous and completely free.

MIND MATTERS (Video Series on Depression/Suicide)
Have you ever thought silently, “I don’t like myself?”  Ever thought “I don’t fit in?” or “I don’t want to keep going?”  For most, those are fleeting thoughts, but for others they are thoughts that continue stab at the soul day in, day out.  This series from Community Christian Church in Chicagoland specifically tackles the subjects of depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts.  If you want a Christian/biblical perspective on the subjects, this is a good place to start.  Available on both video and podcast.

QuitAlcohol.com (Take the quiz to find out if you are an alcoholic)
On the surface, quitting alcohol may appear simple enough. All you have to do is stop drinking. How hard could that be? Unfortunately, this is a big challenge for those who struggle with alcohol addiction. But if that’s you, cutting alcohol out of your life is sure to improve everything from your personal relationships to your career and much more. Since quitting alcohol is never as simple as it sounds, you may have tried and failed in the past. By taking the right steps this time around, you can achieve greater success while reaching all of your goals. Let QuitAlcohol.com help you take the right steps.

ARE YOU IN A CRISIS PREGNANCY?
The Option Line receives a call or contact every 45-seconds from a woman dealing with a crisis pregnancy – that’s eighty women every single hour who are in need of help or counseling to learn what options they have.  If you are scared and need some expert advice, you can contact the Option Line to chat at https://optionline.org/.  If you’d rather, you can text the word “HELPLINE” to 313131, or call toll-free 1-800-712-4357.

HOW DO I ESCAPE ETERNAL DARKNESS AFTER DEATH?
Does life feel empty?  Is there a hole in your heart that you’ve not been able to fill?  Unsure about eternity and where you may spend it?  Click here for a few more thoughts from Billy Graham.

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