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Preventing suicide

31 August 2014 Wesley Impact! TV

This week on Wesley Impact! TV we meet Wesley LifeForce Manager Tony Cassidy and the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores Matthew 18. 

Tony's story
Wesley LifeForce began in 1995 as a response to the growing rate of youth suicide at the time. The work of Wesley Suicide Prevention Services today involves resourcing, empowering and educating people about the issues around suicide and creating local networks of people who can effectively and confidently respond to those who are at risk of suicide. There are currently 38 LifeForce networks operating in Australia today including within communities of Indigenous Australians.

Wesley Mission story—Wesley Suicide Prevention Services
Today we hear the heartbreaking story of those left picking up the pieces after a family member or loved one takes their own life. Wesley Suicide Prevention Services is committed to working with individuals and communities to help people become aware of the signs of suicide and how to do all they can to prevent suicide. They also work with those who have been bereaved, helping them in their pain and loss and supporting them in whatever way they can. 

Keith's reflection
The Rev Dr Keith Garner continues exploring the book of Matthew, focussing on chapter 18. The passage helpfully outlines how we might deal with conflict between people: addressing it quickly and attempting to do so before it goes public. We also note the value of bringing in help and support in a conflict.

Guest performers
Tilarni Senn joins us on the Wesley Impact! stage today. Tilarni is a seasoned singer with a gifted soulful voice that can cover a range of vocal styles including Jazz, soul, R & B and pop music. We also welcome gifted Australian performer Ann-Maree Keefe to the Wesley Impact! TV stage. Ann-Maree is an acclaimed song writer, writing prolifically over the years to amass a large body of work including her solo material, worship songs for the wider church and even kids songs.