Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. – Proverbs 3:27
How can we help someone with something so private as their own thoughts? Recently a brother from Reformation shared with me some information on a service I think we should all know about – which is NYC Well (you can see more of here: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us). I did not know about this, and am glad I know about it now. It’s like a 911 for anyone who is really struggling with suicidal thoughts. The reason we should all know about this is because, often, people struggling with suicidal thoughts will #1) not tell anyone directly but #2) indirectly, speak to you about “a friend” that they have. You want to have information like this in your arsenal so that you can share with them an anonymous way they can make a preemptive emergency call (or text, or chat) before the real emergency takes place.
Also, know you should always feel free to talk with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) about how to love on someone who’s struggling through depression. You’ll never have to volunteer private information. But, these winter months are hard on many of us, and part of us loving others as we want to be loved is by thinking through how to love on others during times when they most need to be loved.