Today, more than ever, our young people are feeling overwhelmed and depressed. This has lead them to self-harm or attempting suicide in their desperate efforts to deal with their situations.
This article is not surprising; but, still, it was a hard article to read since it corroborated the pain that I see every day in the eyes of the young people we help at Doorways.
These statistics can lead to feeling like it's not going to get any better and we can lose our hope.
But hope is a powerful emotion.
We say we hope for things like, "
I hope that I get the present I want; I hope I catch a fish; I hope I make the team; I hope my car lasts another year, I hope we can go on a vacation."
And these are fine. But, I think there is a deeper hope. It's when you decide to take your teen to counseling and think; "I hope my child gets well". That hope carries a different weight. All other hopes pale in comparison.
I do have Hope...especially at this season of Christmas. Hope that comes from the most unimaginable place, from a God who cares and is willing to enter into our pain with us.
We are humbled by the hope and trust each person who walks through our doors puts in our Doorways' team. Our pledge is to embrace that hope and put our heart, soul and spirit into providing loving, compassionate, and skillful care for each of them.
During this holiday season, we encourage you to hold on to your hope. Our young people can get better.
But the first and hardest step is to reach out, and ask for help. There's no shame and no judgement. We are here for you and your family and friends. Because helping young people helps all of us.
If you know a parent or guardian of a young person who is cutting themselves, or has attempted suicide, and doesn't know what to do, have them give us a call. We always offer a free consultation for hurting parents. We can find hope together.
With love and hope this holiday season,
Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
1825 E. Northern Ave., Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ 85020