November 17, 2014 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Registration at 8:30am) Nardin Park United Methodist Church 29887 West Eleven Mile Road Farmington Hills, Michigan Cost: $70.00 (includes lunch) -- Click here for more information and registration
SCC is pleased to offer two opportunities for certification as a Prepare-Enrich facilitator. January 30 June 4 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Nardin Park United Methodist Church These assessments are valuable tools for clergy and others who wish to offer help to couples planning to marry, and couples who wish to enrich their relationships. More about these assessments can learned here. To register for one of SCC's training sessions: Download the registration form Fill it out Send it in (the address is on the form) with payment You'll receive confirmation shortly thereafter.
SCC announces the publication of dates in 2013 for our special Preparation for Marriage workshops. Please download the Prep for Marriage Brochure 2013 for full information. Dates: February 16: First UMC of Birmingham (1589 West Maple Rd.) April 27: Nardin Park UMC, Farmington Hills (29887 West Eleven Mile Rd.) June 1: Northville UMC (77 West Eight Mile Rd.) September 21: First UMC of Birmingham (1589 West Maple Rd.) Enrollees must take the Prepare/Enrich assessment online at least 1 week before the workshop. The assessment may be taken in person if preferred, but this must be done at least 3 weeks in advance. A minimum of 5 couples are required for the ...
Dying for Want of a Friend
The reported suicide of actor/comedian, Robin Williams, August 11, 2014, has touched many of us. So many valued his talent. As a clinician, I particularly appreciated his portrayal of a caring therapist in the movie: “Good Will Hunting.” Sometimes I tell people if you want to know what a good therapist/therapy looks like, watch this movie.
I recently participated in a workshop on suicide with the above title: “Dying for Want of a Friend.” The presenter, the Rev. Russell Crabtree, made a powerful statement. “If you use the word “suicide” in a sentence you can save a life.” He stressed the importance of talking about suicide, the importance of “normalizing” it. If you know of someone who is going through a difficult, painful time in their life, ask them about suicide. One might say: “Someone going through what you’re going through often thinks about suicide; are you thinking about suicide?” If someone answers “yes,” then listen to them. Invite them to tell you what has been going on in their life to lead them to considering ending their life. So often a person ends their life for one of several reasons: the loss of hope, the loss of social connection, and to end the pain they are experiencing.
One does not need to be an expert to be a friend, to listen, to help someone talk about their pain, loneliness and loss of help. Often just having someone to talk to can diminish the desire to end one’s life. If a person needs further help, needs to feel safe, then you can refer them to Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan or take them the nearest emergency room. Helpful websites include: commongroundhelps.org or call Common Ground crisis hotline: (800) 231-1127. Resources for faith communities can also be found at www.MentalHealthMinistries.net.
September 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Our September Lay Caregivers workshop is about suicide awareness. Please see the flyer below. Mary Brennan is an excellent presenter. Join with me in praying with and reaching out to those who are in pain and might be considering suicide, considering dying for want of a friend.