Safety Plan – Steps to Follow to Live – Purity 680
Purity 680 03/16/2022 Purity 680 Podcast
Today’s photo a natural tunnel, or arch, formed by a dusty outcropping of rock underneath a cumulus cloud filled sky of blue comes to us from a friend who recently headed to the southwest where they captured this sight at the Valley of Fire State Park in Las Vegas Nevada a few days ago.
Well, It’s Wednesday and if I am ever at a loss to find photos that can represent the midweek summit of “hump day” remind me to revisit this friend’s FB page from March of 2022 as their southwest hiking adventures highlight a plethora of rocky peaks and valleys. Peaks and Valleys can be an appropriate metaphor to employ to describe the changing nature of our journey in life, with its various ups and downs in all the different aspects of our lives.
As beautiful as mountain ranges can be, we would rather avoid radical ups and downs in our emotional lives. While we certainly can enjoy the heights of joy, the resultant coming back to earth could be a considered to be a let down and even though we haven’t strayed from the base line of normalcy, the shift can make it seem like we have entered into the depths of depression.
If we aren’t careful to recognize our true “altitude” of our current state, and make the proper adjustments to our attitude that may be necessary, circumstantial disappointments can drag us down and keep us down in negative states of mind.
Yesterday, in my hands-on-training as a psychiatric technician for the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team of Columbia Greene County, I witnessed first hand how a simple disappointment in one’s day could quickly turn into a problem of global proportions in one’s mind and can cause us to become discontented with every aspect of our lives and push us to thoughts of self-destruction.
Our team was called out to assess an individual who has reportedly been depressed and who has repeatedly attempted suicide in the last few weeks. With the reported symptoms, it was a wonder to me how this person had seemingly fell through the cracks of the mental health system and had not been hospitalized already. So our team was quickly dispatched to this person’s location to do a mental health assessment, which I expected would lead to this person’s admittance to a psychiatric facility.
However, as mental health professionals we don’t just take things at face value and have to not only see if the reality of the situation matches what is being reported, we also have to attempt to explore all the possibilities for a person’s individual treatment. People are unique individuals so when we make an assessment we need to take in account all the factors of their individual situations to offer the best care. There are no “cookie cutter” solutions that work for everyone when it to comes to mental health and we need to assist the individual to develop a plan that will work for them.
When a client has thoughts of suicide, or even has attempted suicide, we don’t just immediately lock them up in an institution. Mental health professionals have to assess the risks to the client’s safety and make the best determination based on the client’s unique circumstances.
Yesterday, although the reports indicated a dire situation, I learned that it was best to not make any assumptions in the future because we discovered that a hospital admission wasn’t necessary in this case. My co-workers and I discovered that this latest episode of suicidal intent stemmed from a disappointment in the client’s day and after they dialoged with my colleague for a few minutes it was clear that the client was not currently wanting to commit suicide and was able to develop and to commit to a “safety plan” that they could implement if thoughts of suicide recurred. The client also had a support network in place where they lived that could help them to implement their safety plan if the need should arise.
The intent of a safety plan is to help clients to lower their imminent risk of suicidal behavior. It provides people with a specific and prioritized set of coping strategies which can be used in the event of a suicidal crisis, or should suicidal thoughts emerge. The safety plan is based on the client’s individual situation and their ability to implement the plan. The safety plan gives people alternatives to the negative thoughts of suicide and guides them into thoughts and behaviors that give them peace.
I was able to observe that our job at Mobile Crisis was to help people to recognize when they are in crisis and to get them the help they need that is appropriate for their individual situation. We develop a plan for each person with compassion that they can utilize to avoid crisis and keep them safe.
As mental health workers, we meet people where they are and develop a plan for them that works to give them peace. We try to help people to think of things they can do or things they can think about instead of dwelling on thoughts of harming themselves. Because of our fickle nature, somethings that give us peace one day may fail to bring us peace the next day, so we usually develop a list of things they can do or think about in those moments of crisis because their first option may not work. Our purpose is to give them lots of alternatives so they can understand that suicide is not their only option and they can find more than one way to find peace.
Before going out on our call I discovered yesterday that one of the options we can offer to clients, if welcomed and appropriate, “If they are into that” is the option of their faith.
Even in this day and age, mental health agencies can still recognize that faith in God and spiritual practices like prayer can give people a measure of peace. We have to be wise and discerning of course but if we determine that “faith in God” will bring someone peace we should incorporate it in their safety plan.
As a Christian this was a big relief for me, while I understand my role is to bring peace to everyone I encounter in my job at Mobile Crisis regardless of their beliefs, in whatever way I can, I thankful that, if appropriate, I could encourage people to pursue their faith and find peace with God.
Today’s March 16th, - 3/16, and in some circles today is called “John 3:16 Day”. I’m not sure where I stand with these “fun with number days” like “Pie day” or even with historical observances like “the ides of March”, but I can definitely get behind days where we point to the good news of Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 (NLT2)
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
If you need “the safety plan” that accounts for the crisis of life and death, I offer you the safety and peace that comes to all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. Christ came to earth to let us know that there is a God who loves us. Jesus came to die for our sins to give us peace with God and He was raised to life to show us that Jesus is God and that when we put our faith in Him we are given eternal life through Him, in Him, and with Him.
John 14:27 (NKJV)
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
So accept the peace that Christ offers you, every day. Let not your heart be troubled and don’t be afraid. Christ not only gives us the way to eternal life. He also taught us to live according to His ways that would give us peace here and now.
So trust in Jesus always as your Lord and Savior and keep walking and talking with God. Jesus gave us His peace forever but in order to experience it we have to keep remembering Him and who we are in Christ a part of our “safety plan”. When the circumstances of life might threaten to bring us into fear, anger, or sadness, remember the peace the Lord has given you and live.
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Today’s Bible verse come to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is :
1 Thessalonians 3:8 (NLT2)
8 It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.
Today’s Bible verse speaks of the regenerative powers that come from our identity in Christ and the certainty of living a life of faith.
When we put our faith in Christ we are immediately given a new and eternal spiritual life as the Holy Spirit comes to live in and with us.
But even though we put our faith in Christ, we are still left in this world broken by sin and it is very easy to doubt that anything has changed. The enemy whispers in our ears that nothing happened and that we are still the same miserable hopeless sinner that we have always been. Our own feelings and even our friends and neighbors may deny that anything new has happened to us.
But if we stand on the word of God we can agree with the truth of scripture to confirm our new lives and identity in Christ.
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Verses like Romans 10:9 and others like it affirm the truth of our new life and who we are in Christ. The who I am in Christ list (https://www.ficm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/who-i-am-in-christ05.pdf) developed by Dr. Neil Anderson is based on the word of God and can be used to remind us of some of the great and precious promises we have received when we put our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
When we remember who we are in Christ and actually decide to live as a Christian in this world, we can experience the reality of the new life we have been given.
As today’s verse tells us when we stand firm in the Lord and know it, in our minds, in our hearts, and in our experience, that knowledge of the fact of who we are in Christ and the assurance of our salvation and our entrance into God’s royal family, it gives us a realization of the new life that we already have. When we stand firm in the Lord, we come alive.
So live out the new life you have been given by standing firm in the Lord and in the power of His might.
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Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation.
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D. What Is Night Eating Disorder?
The clock strikes 8:00 p.m. … and the feeding frenzy begins.
Multitudes of people around the globe, including 6 million Americans, struggle with Night Eating Disorder. Strugglers find themselves agitated, restless, bored … and before they know it they’ve consumed massive amounts of high-carb, high-calorie “comfort food.” And for many, when the clock strikes midnight, they’re back at it again … raiding the refrigerator into the wee hours of the morning … craving comfort food to fill the hole in their hearts. At times we all need comfort, but when no one is near to provide comfort, we can look to food to be that friend. However, God never intended food to fill our hearts. We crave the comfort of friends, but when our relationship hole stays empty, we can find ourselves lamenting …
“This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit.”
• Night Eating Disorder (Night Eating Syndrome) is a condition characterized by huge caloric intake during the after-dinner hours.
• Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is a disorder that affects more than 33% of “morbidly obese” people—those 100 pounds or more overweight.
• Night Eating Syndrome often involves insomnia because feelings of guilt, anxiety, and disgust can also hinder sleep.
But … what is one step in the recovery process? Rather than focusing at night on gorging, the Psalms speak of meditating on the promises of God.…
“My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.”
E. What Is Bulimia?
In the Greco-Roman era, lifestyles of the opulent included lavish feasts, unabashed indulgences, and orgies. One common practice was vomiting after overindulging in food and alcohol. Today the practice of “bingeing and purging” still occurs—a pattern characteristic of bulimia.
Bulimics binge on tangible food to fill their emotional emptiness and then purge to rid themselves of guilt, while God invites them to “feast” on intangible food that produces life and light.…
“They feast on the abundance of your [the Lord’s] house; you [God] give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
• Bulimia comes from a Greek word meaning “great hunger.” The constant and abnormal appetite of a bulimic is an emotional hunger that no amount of food can fill. They binge in an effort to fill their inner needs and then purge to get rid of the guilt for eating too much, as well as to maintain or lose more weight.11
— Bulimia is a psychological eating disorder characterized by repeated or sporadic “binge and purge” episodes.
— Bingeing is an unrestrained consumption of large amounts of food in any setting in a short amount of time.
— Purging may be done by the intentional vomiting of food or by the use of laxatives and diuretics.
— Rumination or rumination syndrome is sometimes a part of bulimia and is the unforced regurgitation, chewing, and re-swallowing of food, like a cow chews its cud.
Tragically, unless the downward spiral of their disorder is reversed and the lies they believe are replaced with truth, those suffering with bulimia fit the description of the ungodly given in Scripture.…
“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”
Overeating vs. Bulimia
Question: “What’s the difference between overeating and bulimia?”
Answer: While both eat food to excess, an overeater may have little concern about being overweight, while the bulimic is consumed with body image and self-loathing.
Just as Job began to despise himself, bulimics despise their bodies and are frequently filled with bitterness.…
“I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.”
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 4–6.