The evening at the Community Centre started with a flurry of activity, and the adrenalin was pumped up in many. Shortly after the evening began, one of the other volunteers came to get me with SK, a young fellow about 22-25, who was upset and wanted to talk privately. He kept getting more upset as it took a short while to find a private enough space for him.
Following a 10-15 minute chat when he explained his feelings, the whys and the hows of his feelings, stating he had no friends, no one to talk to, and a desire to die, he expressed that he wanted to be admitted to the psychiatric ward of the local hospital, under certain conditions. I placed a call to the Crisis Centre for him, and he then talked to the person on call for quite a while.
It sounded like he had called them the previous day also, with the same thoughts. He said he did not want to hurt anyone or himself, but if he was again home alone he may, because he had two butcher knives there. His conditions were to be allowed to keep his iPhone and charger with him at all times. Reasons given were to keep in touch with friends and social media at any and all times.
Like with many in SK’s situation, his story continued to fluctuate as he was upset and not thinking clearly, since he needed his iPhone to keep in touch with friends he earlier didn’t have. The person at the hospital told SK he was welcome at the hospital to talk more, but he refused. He then quickly grabbed a meal and took off without another opportunity to chat with him.
Please pray for his safety.
SB and AH were not at the Centre on this night, but I contacted SB via fb msg when I got home, and we “chatted” for about 1 1/2 hours. I had received a prayer request at the Centre from another volunteer for this couple. They have been struggling again, SB was deeply depressed, and AH was on the psychiatric ward at the hospital following a suicide attempt. On Thursday night while chatting, SB was drowning his sorrows with alcohol. As we wrote, he said he would quit, as he knew it did not help. He agreed to go out for lunch with me on Friday, but on Friday morning he messaged saying he was not up to it.
Please pray for the two of them.
There are many more in difficult situations also, needing prayer. These are just a desperate few.