Listen with your Heart-Project “Expanding the Future” Begins Today

Tipping Point!

The need is great, the demand has grown, and the time has come to “Expand the Future” for teens through text!

Project “Expand the Future” Begins Today! Watch for more details about the launch of a new and the first Faith-Based and Christ-Centered Text Helpline for Teens!

Reducing crisis, trauma, abuse, and mental illness for teens in Churches across America, with access to trained Text Counselors will begin soon.

Be part of this expansion. Add your name and email address to the pointing finger rightTeen TXT Helpline Project “Expanding the Future.” You can do that now by entering your name, email address, and text number to the box just to the right of this post.

Learn how you can be a Remote Text Counselor Volunteer by joining the email list. You can sit on your couch, anywhere in the United States, and help a Teen through crisis. More information will be released soon.

Start your connection with the Teen TXT Helpline and Project “Expanding the Future” by signing on with your email address! Do it now before you forget!

Listen with your Heart!

Use Facebook to Prevent Suicide

This past week Facebook put into a place an effective way to help someone who you think is suicidal get the help they need.

To learn more watch the brief video below and learn how you can intervene in the life of a friend who might be thinking about taking their life.

Forefront FB v8 from Mimi Gan on Vimeo.

You can learn how to use this new program by Clicking Here!

Until next time,

Dr. Mike

Talking with Kids About being Online

A leading cause for crisis among teens today is Cyberbullying. Research has shown that teens who attempt and complete suicide potentially have done so because of being bullied online. For that reason I want to pass along a guide that will provide you some guidance for giving children and teens some direction on how they should manage their online experience.

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This guide will provide you guidance on:

  • How to Initiate the Conversation about Being Online
  • You will learn how to communicate with different ages groups such as, Children, Tweens, and Teens
  • You will learn how to talk about what is safe socializing online with friends, family, and people who are not known to you as the parent or significant adult
  • You will learn what Cyber Bullying is and how to prevent it, and if it has been started, how to stop it
  • This guide will provide you with help on how to provide guidance regarding smartphones and mobile media
  • You will learn about Texting and Sexting and how to know what is going on in your students life
  • You will learn how to protect your child’s privacy while they are online
  • Plus you can connect with several websites for additional information

To download the PDF Guide entitled Chatting with your Kids about being Online Click Here! Chatting with kids about being online

Until Next Time,

Dr. Mike

Burnout: The 5 Most Common Reasons Why You Have it and the 5 Solutions to Overcome it

If you are anything like me, you have felt moments when your passion to do what you feel “called” to do no longer exists. When that happens our motivation to remain committed to the vision and dream we have in our hearts and mind evaporates. When that happens we have encountered Burnout!

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You might be to “spiritual” to admit it, or maybe you don’t want to be that transparent, but let me be the first to raise my hand and say, “I have been there and I have done that.” I have faced burnout so much so that it resulted in a major depressive illness.

My wife and I were planting a church in New York City and in the fall of 1997, after running through so many warning signs, I felt I couldn’t go another day, physically, spiritually, and emotionally hear my story on the 200 Churches Podcast.

Burnout is widespread among those who “walk with others through life.” For that reason I want to make available to you the most widely used burnout inventory, it is known as the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI).

Valentines Day a Deadly Day in the Year

You would think that suicides go up around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that truly is a myth. In fact, one of the most deadly days of the year is February 14, Valentine’s Day!

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While Valentine’s Day has come to symbolize a time to feel loved and to give tokens of love, for many it has become a dreaded holiday. For those not in a relationship, or in an unhealthy relationship, or estranged from family, or facing joblessness, or other challenging life events, Valentine’s Day can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, isolation, unworthiness and depression.
Valentine’s Day can be an extremely stressful time of year. As a matter-of-fact, those in the field of suicide prevention and crisis intervention, often cite this holiday as the beginning of the higher suicide statistics that are seen in the Spring.

Lifepreserver version 3 (non-editable web-ready file)Some suggestions for overcoming negative feelings on this day:

  • Focus on what you have rather than on what you don’t have
  • Do something for someone else, such as volunteering at a shelter or a food bank
  • Don’t shut yourself in – make plans to be with friends, family or co-workers
Realize that just because you are not in a romantic relationship does not mean that you are alone
  • Look at Valentine’s Day as only 24 hours in your life
  • If you feel that you just “cannot get through the day,” reach out for help.

Be a Friend

You can help someone who might have an emotionally difficult time with February 14. Be emotionally alert and aware, and provide what ever emotional support you can for your friend, family member or co-worker.

Be a friend and ask them, “R U OK?”RUOK_Bubble

Until Next Time,

Dr. Mike