Thursday, August 26, 2010

Need Help With a Project

In October SALCY is having an event I am PUMPED about. We'll be watching the movie To Save a Life to 8th-12th graders and tackling these two statements/questions from the movie:

How far would you go . . . How much would you risk . . . How hard would you fight . . . To Save a Life?


What's the point of all of this if you don't let it change you?

This movie is one of the few "Jesusy" movies that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE. All of the youth and parents who have seen it so far love it, and I'm so excited about this lock-in in October. It covers issues like depression, suicide, cutting, teen pregnancy, divorce, pressures of school and getting into college, etc.

Because of what topics this movie addresses, we could have some really intense conversations at the lock-in. So I had the idea to put together a reference sheet of phone numbers and websites for crisis situations. The youth can use it for themselves or for someone that they know. I'll make sure everyone goes home with at least one copy of this sheet. It turned into an all day project! Which is great.

This is where you come in. I'm posting the websites and phone numbers that I've found. 1) so that you also can have these as references 2) in case you have any suggestions about what to put on the sheet or what to take off.

I would love to hear your feedback!

If you or someone you know is/has attempted to commit suicide call 911 IMMEDIATELY.
24/7 Hopeline: 1-800-SUICIDE or
MO Suicide Hotline: 1- 800-356-5395
-Child Abuse
National Child Abuse or 1-800-4-A-CHILD
MO DFS Hotline:  1-800-392-3738
Community Counseling Center (in Cape):  1-800-356-5395 or 573-334-1100
Teen Advice/
S.A.F.E. Alternatives: or 1-800-DONT-CUT
-Abuse, Rape, Domestic Violence, Incest, etc.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: or 1-800-799-SAFE
SEMO-NASV: or 573-332-1900
National Sexual Assault Hotline:  1-800-656-HOPE
-Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorders Association: or 1-800-931-2237
Faith Based Help for Eating Disorders:
The Trevor or 866-4-U-TREVOR (24/7 helpline)
Celebrate Recovery (Hurts, Habits, and Hang Ups):  JoAnne Erlbacher 450-0246
For Families of Addicts:
Substance Abuse Treatment Center Locator:
-Depression and Counseling
To Write Love on Her Arms:
Mental Health Treatment Center Locator:
Christian Counseling Services Locator:
-Teen Pregnancy
Stay Teen (As featured on Secret Life of the American Teenager):
MTV’s it’s Your Sex Life:
Lutheran Family and Child Services of MO: or 334-5866

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I find it interesting that even though I am not a student anymore my life is still run by school schedules, classes, school events, school rules, and the school calendar. When I plan the year for the youth group I still divide it into "fall semester", "spring semester", and "summer vacation" in my mind. (Which, in youth ministry, summer isn't really a "vacation" despite all of the traveling you do.) My planner is filled with dates of sporting events, school plays and musicals, and days when I'm picking kids up from school. It looks remarkably like my planner did when I was in high school and college. It's as though not a whole lot as changed, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.