National Suicide Prevention Week is a week that hits home pretty hard for us.
Sept 6, 2012, we lost Lindsay Young from this world, from this organization and from people who desperately love her. If you knew her you will know that her presence was powerful and her absence even more so. She had a way about her to light up a room, bring peace to any situation and add strength to your weakness. Her immense beauty burst from her and in anything she touched.
She was a life changer. We remember watching her on the mission field at Wings of Life in the slum of Kibera. She was sitting in a circle of young girls and she intended to just snap their pictures. Instead she was struck by all the joy of these Kenyan girls that were showering her in their laughter and dance. We saw her surrounded by kids, laughing in a way you knew was complete happiness. She was dancing and holding their hands and jumping around just “being” in the moment with them.
She changed their lives by her mere presence, gentleness and compassion, and to this day they have never forgotten her.
Her pictures hang in our office and we find comfort seeing the peace in her eyes she found in serving and loving others. We have made it a part of our mission to reach those we see in similar situations.
We will continue to honor the mark this woman has left on our organization and our mission. She is the inspiration behind bringing our mission stateside to reach people right where they are in life. We knew after her death that God was telling us to reach the women we are interacting with on a regular basis, the ones that seem to have everything together, but on the inside were lost, broken and alone. This is where The Journey Retreat was born and many lives were changed due to the footprint she left on our mission.
Throughout the retreat, we felt the presence of God and the presence of Lindsay. We knew she was smiling down on us.
The things that haunt people can be large or small and you never know what someone is going through. If you know someone who is struggling with depression related emotions, please do not take that lightly. Encourage them to find necessary help, show them endless amounts of love, invite them to church, accept them during the darkest of their days and pray with perseverance for Christ to fight the battle.
If we could take 2 things away from Lindsay it would be that everyone can start over and to love everyone.
For Immediate Help or If Your Battling Suicidal Thoughts
National Hopeline Network :: 1.800.SUICIDE (784-2433)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline :: 1.800.273.TALK (273-8255)
For hearing and speech impaired with TTY equipment :: 1.800.799.4TTY (779-4889)
Español :: 1.888.628.9454
National Child Abuse Hotline :: 1.800.4.A.CHILD (422-4453)
National Domestic Violence Hotline :: 1.800.799.SAFE (799-7233)
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) :: 1.800.656.HOPE (656-4673)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, advocacy and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.