Rich Van Pelt
Rich Van Pelt, author and international speaker, dispels the myths and misconceptions about teenage suicide and explains what every person should know if faced with a teen in crisis at a free event on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm in The Venue at Crossings Community Church.
Author of “Intensive Care: Helping Teenagers in Crisis,” Rich wants people to know that they can save a life, “You never know when you could be faced with a teen thinking about suicide – or your child has a friend talking about suicide. If that happened to you, do you know what you would say? Do you know where to go to get help?”
Some think that by talking about suicide, teens might be more likely to attempt it, but the opposite is true. Rich explains, “People are afraid to talk about teenage suicide, but it is imperative that we do to save lives. On April 3, I’ll help you make a plan so you’ll be informed of the real facts and armed with some tools to help that teenager in your life.”
Andy Rauschkolb, Pastor of High School Ministries at Crossings, heard Rich speak at a conference for youth workers. “Rich took the stigma off the topic. He speaks to you in a very matter-of-fact, plain, and comfortable way. He makes it clear that you don’t have to have a counseling degree or Ph.D. to help someone contemplating suicide. I came away with some very practical knowledge that everyone - adults and students - should know because this information might just save a teen’s life.”
Rich Van Pelt kicks off the Crossings Spring Speaker Series (details at cultivating.tv) on Wednesday, April 3, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in The Venue. The event is free to the public (no registration required), and childcare is available. Crossings Community Church is located at 14600 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73134. For more information, go to cultivating.tv or call 405.755.2227.
Where: Crossings Community Church
Address: 14600 N. Portland