Emmanuel brings timely topics to our attention at our First Sunday Live speaker series. Bringing a wide variety of issues that face us today, these events will expand our thought, and help us learn to open our hearts, minds and doors to the things that matter to God most. We offer special programs for children and childcare so you can enjoy the series.

We’re still having our regular Sunday services in the sanctuary at 9:00 and 10:45 AM. If you want to worship and attend the First Sunday Live program, come to the 9:00 service.

Childcare is Available – Children younger than 3, can go to our childcare room, room 6, where they will be supervised by trained staff.

Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Suicide Prevention & Education

“Suicide Prevention and Education: An Essential Conversation to Save Lives”
Presented by Magdaline DeSousa

Suicide and mental health are important topics that must be brought into the light, not hidden in the dark because of fear or shame. Suicide does not discriminate – it knows no demographic characteristics. It can happen to anyone, anytime, from any ethnicity, race, gender, geographic location, religious background, or faith – to name a few. My brother died from suicide in 2001. Although we have made tremendous progress in suicide awareness and education in the past 20 years, it is important that we continue to encourage honest, open, healing conversations to save lives. In honor of my brother, I wrote The Forgotten Mourners: Sibling Survivors of Suicide in 2010. During this time, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) published the following statistics from 2007:

AAS estimated there were 864,950 annual suicide attempts.

  • Suicide was the 11th leading cause of death for Americans.
  • Suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death among young adults ages 15-24.
  • A person died by suicide roughly every 15 minutes in the United States. 

Sadly, for all the advances made around suicide prevention, the statistics today demonstrate the continuing need for education and support for those who are struggling (data published by AAS from 2017):

  • AAS estimates there are 1.2 million annual suicide attempts.
  • Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
  • Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-34-year-olds.
  • A person dies by suicide roughly every 11.1 minutes in the United States.

Per AAS, there are currently over 47,000 suicides annually in the US. Every death by suicide leaves behind at least 130 people who report they knew the person who died. Of those, it is likely at least a third feel very close to the person who died and might need intervention or services. This creates about 1 million new people a year in the US who are directly impacted by the suicide of someone close to them. Whether or not you yourself have experienced these struggles, it is likely either you know someone who has attempted or completed suicide and/or you know someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. In this First Sunday Live, I would like to speak more to what is actually happening, warning signs, and how we can all be advocates for suicide prevention.

Magdaline DeSousa, pictured with her brother, John

Magdaline DeSousa is a children’s book and self-help author. She wrote The Forgotten Mourners: Sibling Survivors of Suicide in memory of her brother John, who died from suicide in 2001. This book is meant for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide, specifically a brother or sister, and those who want to support them. Magda is also a moderator for the Sibling Survivors of Suicide web site (siblingsurvivors.com) and volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as she is able. Magda is a member of EUMC and has a beautiful three-year old daughter, Viviana, who joins us in service.