Always the Fight Ministries: Displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse. (c)2019Nancy Virden
In 2012, when Always the Fight Ministries did not yet have a name or singular purpose, someone came up to me after I shared my story and said, “I’m glad you’re alive.”
It was stunning. How often do we say or hear that sentiment? Coming from a stranger, those words felt different from a parent expressing gladness on a child’s birthday. Even “I love you” from a spouse or friend does not always specify why. We might be left with another question. Yes, but do you like me?
Having someone appreciate my existence went beyond judgment. It was a simple acceptance of my right to be here. She acknowledged that my life is sacred as any other person. Even if she did not know how it would play out, she knew in faith that my life is meaningful.
On July 28 of this year, Always The Fight began a YouTube channel featuring a video series titled, “I’m Glad You Are Alive.” It is an important message aimed at anyone who is contemplating suicide or has attempted suicide. Each video focuses on a different point. My hope is to offer reasons for staying alive, and a little guidance on how to move toward a more satisfying life.
The following is the latest of these videos, recorded yesterday, titled, Forgive? Please consider sharing videos and subscribing to the channel to help get this message special across to many who need it.
Today’s Helpful Word
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. (for international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!