Saron Lutheran Church
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:
call, text, or chat 988
Mental Health & Addiction Connection line: 866-603-0016
Minnesota Warmline, for a safe, anonymous, and confidential person to listen and help. Monday – Saturday 12 noon to 10pm: 651-288-0400 or text “support” to 85511
Parent Email Warmline:
Find resources, answers to your questions, a support network, and you will know that you are not alone.
First Call for Help:
www.211unitedway.org, for questions about services, assistance, housing and other areas of need.
Children and Divorce
An extensive guide about helping children through a divorce, which is sadly a very common thing kids have to go through.
The mission of Saron's Mental Health Ministry is to encourage each other with support and compassion.
The goal: to provide mental health awareness information and resources to the Saron congregation and the community at large.
Saron’s Mental Health Ministry will explore a different topic each month.
This month’s topic is:
How to Deal with Loneliness: 5 Ways to Stop Feeling Lonely
The truth is that feelings of loneliness can affect anyone—young, old, and in-between—and at any point in life. It's not uncommon for the elderly, people going through a breakup, divorce, or death of a loved one, and young people to struggle with loneliness. A loneliness survey by Cigna indicates that Generation Z adults (ages 18-22), in fact, are feeling lonelier than almost any other population. Loneliness can be due to so many different factors, and can affect both your emotional and physical health long-term. If you want to know what to do when you feel lonely, consider these 5 tips:
1. Acknowledge Your Feelings of Loneliness
2. Know When to Engage or Disengage From the Online World
· What about social media? Is it good for you when you're dealing with loneliness? For some people, the online world may contribute to even greater feelings of loneliness and isolation. Social media, for example, can portray people who seem to be living exciting, happy-go-lucky lives with hundreds of good friends at their side. Reality is that this is generally not reality. Social media can make some people feel inadequate, left out, and feeling lonely. Bottom line, if being online seems more isolating than connected, it may be a sign you need to log off.
3. Find a Volunteer Opportunity as a Way to Feel Less Lonely
4. Join a Group or Club to Overcome Loneliness With In-Person Connections
5. Practice Self-Care
Besides working to connect with others, don't overlook the potential power of exercise, healthy food, proper sleep, sunshine, and even meditation for fighting loneliness.
· Loneliness affects millions of people. There are many things you can do when trying to overcome it. The key is realizing how you feel and finding the best strategy for you.
***Information from Cigna Health
The Mental Health Ministry of Saron recommends that you practice all of those steps in conversation with God who is at your side and in you, is powerful, and will help you.
Know that Jesus experienced rejection, betrayal, and utter loneliness... and is now with you!
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
· Thoughts of suicide
· Mental health or substance use crisis, or
· Any other kind of emotion distress
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. With 988, no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.