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Church series will focus on teen suicide

Crossings Community Church will host Rich Van Pelt as the guest speaker for its first event in its Crossings Spring Speaker Series. Van Pelt will discuss the topic of teen suicide.
by Carla Hinton Modified: March 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm •  Published: March 23, 2013

“Not my kid.”

This phrase is all too common among adults who don't want to think a teenager they know may be contemplating suicide, a local youth pastor said recently.

“I think most people, they never think someone they know actually thinks about this. They think ‘not my kid,'” Andy Rauschkolb, pastor of high school ministries at Crossings Community Church, told me.

Rauschkolb said some people don't know the signs that a young person is thinking of taking his or her own life, but according to statistics, the majority of teens who commit suicide tell someone directly or hint about it.

The young pastor said Crossings hopes to help educate metro-area residents on the topic of teen suicide. The church will host a free April 3 seminar in which a guest speaker will discuss the myths and misconceptions about this subject.

Rauschkolb said the topic often is considered “taboo” but hits close to home for many in the metro area.

“Obviously Oklahoma City, specifically the north Oklahoma City and Edmond areas, have been hit pretty hard by teen suicide over the last several years,” he said. “We were thinking, as a church, how can we reach out to our community and make a difference?”

Rauschkolb said author and international speaker Rich Van Pelt will be guest speaker. In addition to dispelling teen suicide myths and misconceptions, Van Pelt will share information that people should know if they are faced with a teen in crisis.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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