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10 Self-Care Tips For Loved Ones Of The Suicidal

As early as preteen years I began struggling alongside friends who found themselves in a dark spiral of depression. While this didn’t always lead to suicidal ideation and attempts, there were plenty of nights that it led to staying up to see someone through the night.

I never thought much if it, though obviously it did impact me. I just thought this was what people did for their friends as they grew up and had a harder time with mental health.

One particular day after having arrived to work with bloodshot eyes I was asked if I was okay. I replied that a friend had gone through a rough night and I stayed up to help. The woman speaking with me went on a tirade about how people “like that” are users and I shouldn’t allow them to waste my time. I was shocked at the callousness and carelessness this woman displayed.

Having gone through that experience and my own struggles with suicide, I find much of the issue to be misunderstood and highly characterized. While I see the need for venting in those who help out during these times, I also see the need for sensitivity as so many suicidal folks feel that they are a burden anyway.

While I do wish to cover the topic of dealing with suicidal ideation at a later date, today I wanted to talk about self-care tips for those who find themselves on the end of working diligently to prevent a suicide attempt. Here are 10 tips I have for self-care during these times based on my own experience…

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What it is Like To Have Anorexia

This was recorded a month or two ago, but I felt like it was a good time to release it. I get a lot of questions about living with anorexia, so hopefully this answers some of them and provides some perspective.

Healing Wounds – Life After Purity Culture

The Scarlet VirginsLegalism in purity culture produces shame, which in turn can cause internalized self-hatred. Addiction, mental health issues, and self-harm are all a result of this internalized self-hatred.

In this episode, Rebecca talks about the scars we carry, whether they are physical or mental, and introduces a new way of thinking about our permanent marks. Jesus has scars just like us, and ours serve as a perfect way to point us to Him.


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Hangups In Marriage After Purity Culture

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Many purity culture “graduates” experience hangups when they get married when it comes to their sexual lives and relationship with their spouse. The fear and shame learned from purity culture often leads them to stay silent about their private thought lives and other intimate details that should be freely shared with their spouse.

In this episode, Rebecca addresses a few of these hangups and encourages spouses to love one another fully by working together to overcome these hangups.


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Purity Culture: What’s the big deal?

“Keith and Ben sit down and talk with Rebecca Lemke and talk about her new book, The Scarlet Virgins. Listen as they dive into this idea of purity culture and the harmful effects that it can actually have on young people.”


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Mindset in Marriage – Life After Purity Culture

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“Our assumptions and internalized believes about sex can have a negative impact on the intimacy that takes place in marriage, especially when you’ve been raised in legalism or purity culture.

In this episode, Rebecca challenges some of the common mindset problems that disrupt healthy sexuality such as the nasty rumor that women aren’t sexual. She also addresses some of the insecurities that crop up for both sexes, like body imagine issues and previous sexual encounters or assaults.”

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For more bonus content and to get a copy of Rebecca’s book, “The Scarlet Virgins”, please visit scarletvirgins.com!

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My Experience With Prenatal Depression

I recorded this video after one of my friends requested it because she is currently suffering from prepartum depression. When I was pregnant, no one told me there was even a term for depression related to pregnancy WHILE you are pregnant. All I ever heard about was postpartum depression.

Some of the factors funneling in to my own experience included a high stress environment at the university I was attending, in addition to several difficult health problems in pregnancy like ICP, Preeclampsia, and Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

If you currently struggle with prepartum (or prenatal) depression, please reach out to a safe person! You can always email me and talk about your feeling or lack of feeling bonded to your baby. Prenatal depression doesn’t make you a bad mom.

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