I should have seen it coming but it was just my first few month as a youth pastor. Shari had called me after youth to tell me that she often had thoughts about killing herself. She told me that the feelings come and go but weren’t so serious now.
The calls kept coming and a fear continued to grow in me that if I didn’t take her calls that maybe she would make an attempt. Then the horrible call came, “She is killing herself! A drunk frightened teen was screaming in the phone. She had smashed a bottle and was cutting her thighs, neck and chest with the glass.
It probably wouldn’t have gone to this point if I could have read the signs.