No Pressure, But You Might Save a Life


vaterrarc.comThis week is National Suicide Prevention Week!

A few months ago, a woman once sent me a message on Facebook that began: “No pressure, but you might save a life.” She went on to tell me her problem and then asked for a solution.

The first thing I did was take a deep breath followed by a simple prayer: “God, I have no idea what the right answer is, but please help me to offer her some words that will keep her alive long enough to get the help she needs.” Then I began a response with my favorite disclaimer: “I am not a mental health professional …,” delighted that I had chosen to study theology over psychology.

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Therese Borchard
I am a writer and chaplain trying to live a simple life in Annapolis, Maryland.

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2 Responses
  1. Cathleen Deery

    Your humility is evident throughout your essay, so others need to say it for you: you have been given a great work, and you are valiantly accomplishing it. Thank you.