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LaQuita Suggs
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God bless this Minister.  This is a fabulous testimony. He thought he was at a point where he wasn't fit enough to live or die.  Three suicide attempts and being stabbed in the lungs (one year prior to this event) and his conclusion is: "God is good, and good some mo and some mo!!!! #That'sAPraiseBreak
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I really pray that the Lord bless the natural family, immediate Church family and the body of Christ at large. My heart was deeply touched to hear about this tragedy not because he was a Pastor, but because he is a human. People commit suicide daily due to their belief that the situation is too something... It is natural for people to want to end the pain, but they sometimes take permanent routes because their mental state is blurred. I often wonder what makes people pretend that they have never been through a storm or that life has not rendered them something that seemed too overwhelming at some point. What I know as well, is that life will give you something, no matter who you are and you need to have adequate spiritual and natural resources to be able to escape the bitter claws of life.
What I have come to know through my personal experience with suicide, having my own thoughts of "what is the point of life" and working with clients who are survivors of a loved one death through suicide; is that it is hard to breathe in a storm (difficult situation). However, seeking help is what may preserve you. Often within the Church we face so many emotional hurdles that we are afraid to talk about the spiritual dilemmas that we face and thus come to believe that we are in this alone. In general, I believe that this Pastor knows every scripture that is capable of restoring hope, but that wasn't enough at that particular time.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Evangelist I have come to very difficult points and what is important for me is to talk more about what helped me through. You can't judge how a person is experiencing their situation(s) because you don't know, but what can be done is education about the reality of suicide. My family encounter with suicide happened when I was 19-years-old and today at age 42, I still think about all the signs that were present that we all missed (I only see them now because of my educational background and the gift that God has given).
I told someone yesterday that appearance of happiness can be deceptive because it will mask the core emotions that are being experienced. However, there are some signs to indicate that a person may be contemplating suicide, but the only way to really know is to ask and/or suggest that the person seek professional help. I am not taking any Glory from God, but I know that I was called into this field by God for a reason and that gives the green light to seek help, but the Church needs to give the approval and take the stigma of reaching out away.
Christian Today quoted:
"("Church official Lakesia Toomer told 13WMAZ: "We consider this a private matter between the family and the BMZ church family. We kindly ask that the public respects our privacy at this time.")".
With all due respect the Church can't afford to keep silent about this matter because it impacts the Church Body as a whole and it's a real issue that needs addressing. Additionally, we are all apart of God's Body and we all too varying degrees are impacted by this awful tragedy.
Some things that people in the Church can look at:
1. Has something changed in the delivery of the words that the person is saying?
2. What drives the connection to the change of words?
3. Is the person happier or more isolated than before? (extreme changes can indicate something)
4. Is the person often in deep thoughts but doesn't want to share?
5. Do you know of something that has happened that is huge for that person?
6. Is the person verbalizing future hopes to certain loved ones related to their life that seems untimely?
7. Did the person have a revelation that it is better to give and is therefore giving prize possessions away but using the scripture as justification?
8. Are there any significant changes in sleep/eating patterns?
9. Do you sense something is wrong (is there a general disconnection)?
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Dealing with loss.
November 11, 2013 at 12:26am

There is not a concrete way to approach the topic of loss and typically people are more comfortable with pretending that it doesn't exist. Have you ever loss someone through death and then encountered someone that knows about the death, but didn't acknowledge it? At times peple come to believe that if they mention the death they will cause you to start thinking about the loss, so they avoid mentioning anything.  The reality is that if you experience a significant loss you are never without the memory of the experience. So, someone mentioning the person name or the death will not cause any additional thought of the situation, but may help the person to talk about what their thoughts or feelings are. Here are some suggestions for dealing with loss:
1.You will have alternating emotions that may change rapidly.
2.Understanding one of the model of loss will be useful such as Kruebler Ross (related to death/dying of people with terminal illness) but she poses that we cycle through:
■Denial
■Anger
■Bargaining
■Depression
■Acceptance
3. Seek out help from professional and or Minsterial.
4. Delegate tasks to people who are reliable and you can trust.
5. Eat healthy to maintain strenght and motivation.
6. Journal your experience as often as necessary.
7. Learn how to be okay with feeling out-of-control.
8. Seek consultation from your primary care physician if your experience somatic symptoms.
9. Get back into your normal routine as quickly.
10. It's okay to be upset with the person for dying, but don't stay there too long.
 
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Happiness.
November 10, 2013 at 10:01pm

We have an underlying desire to experience happiness and to have joy, peace and tranquilty.  The reality is that happpiness is associated with a state of situation just like any emotion that is evoked based on circumstance.  I believe that our overall quest is to have emotions that are linked with the fruits of the spirit because they are capable of existing inclusive or exclusive of a circumstances.  Therefore I thought it may be important to know that happiness is:
1.relative to the situation
2.not a constant state of being
3.it changes as often as other emotions
4.it is most often attached to something
5.it is temporal
6.a feeling and you should not make a major decision based on a feeling without properly weighing it out
7.it can be confused with contentment or fulfillment
8.an emotion that is easy to embrace by some
9.capable of creating guarded reactions because it can surface out of nowhere (can't beleive this is happening moments).
10.something every humans deserves to experience
Thoughts from our President LaQuita Suggs Ricks, LCSW
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Give youself a daily devotion that you can focus on throughout the course of the day. Retrain your mind to act the way that is pleasing to you despite what state of emotion you are in.
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What can make me whole again? The songwriter wrote: 'Nothing, but the Blood of Jesus!"
Clergy and Depression I am not certain if Pastors or members of the "Body of Christ" are repressing depression or if there is not sufficient training to raise awareness about the symptoms of depression and it's manifestation...
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"Anyday above the ground is a good day" #Bishop Charles E. Blake
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Introduction
Sensitive therapist with more than a decade of experience.  I suffered a traumatic loss in 2007 when my mother was murdered.  I am passionate about helping people to get through their grief. Why hurt alone, let me help you to cry and to live.
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  • Cal-State Long Beach
  • Cal-State Los Angeles
  • Manual Arts High School
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  • Suggs Counseling Services, INC.
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