HELP & HoPE
Suicide was on teen Denise Haas’ mind a lot, so much so that she tried several times to take her life. Her parents’ divorce shattered her world and living didn’t seem like a good option. In this compelling conversation, Denise transparently shares her story in an attempt to grab the hands of teens who are struggling with similar darkness and compel them to “just hold on!”
The third leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year olds is suicide and depression. This interview is an honest conversation with two professionals who have helped teens and families through these struggles. Parents and teens alike will benefit from strategies to help teens find hope in the darkness of depression.
Joy was 10 years old when her mother lost her battle with aggressive breast cancer. Her two little sisters looked to her for mothering. She became her father’s confidante as he tried to navigate grief, single parenthood, and looking for a new wife. Joy’s story gives listeners a glimpse into how the loss of a parent can create an ever widening circle of grief that takes years to process.
What gets inside the head of a young girl who almost starves herself to death because when she looks into a mirror she sees a fat, ugly, lonely girl? In this special interview, Rose takes us inside the heart of a girl who who has struggled with weight issues her who life. Rose does not sugar coat her battle and admits that even now, she must practice strong disciplines in order to fight old habits.
In this episode, Dr. Betters answers the question, "What if the pain of life has become too hard to bear? What if there have been too many substantial losses to handle life? Will we simply die with broken hearts in the end? God hears us and tells us so in scripture, so why can't we seem to be comforted?"
In this episode Dr. Betters answers the question, "I am 75 years old and my health has slowly been deteriorating over the past 5 years. Recently, my health has gotten much worse and it is unlikely I will ever have a decent quality of life again. I am in constant pain and I need assistance to do even the simplest things. When is it okay to “give up” and go home? I know suicide is wrong, but is it wrong to just stop fighting to live when you’ve lived a full life."
In this episode, Dr. Betters answers the question, "I'm alone. Everyone is always in pairs. The church seems geared toward married people. I think I'm going to be single for my whole life. Why would God want me to be single?"
In this episode Dr. Betters answers the question, "I lost my wife of 41 years this year on February 19th. My life is so empty I love God even though I don't understand why she had to die from stage 4 colon cancer. I was mad at God for taking her I have asked him for forgiveness and thanked him for giving us 41 years of a perfect marriage. My question is: Is it wrong for me to ask him to bring me home now also?"
Treasures of Encouragement
The bad report about a friend stunned me. Without hesitation, I believed it. Anger, sadness, disappointment. All of those emotions followed me around the house as I prepared for a busy day of running errands and catching up on undone tasks. I threw my purse...
“Please, please don’t stop praying. I don’t know how it works but I know it’s the only reason I can face the next minute.” My friend could barely speak through her tears. Her circumstances reminded me that life turns...
"Do you have Grammy?" asked our grand daughter as she poked her head into the van and looked around. Katie didn't want me to get left behind. Our family of 21 was...
Memories of my studio time with Debbie washed over me. More prepared than anyone I had ever interviewed, Debbie still struggled to share her personal battle against cancer,...