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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
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Rauschkolb said he heard Van Pelt speak at a conference for youth pastors, and the author shared information that should be helpful to parents, grandparents, school leaders, clergy and others. Van Pelt is the author of the book “Intensive Care: Helping Teenagers in Crisis.”

Rauschkolb said some people think that by talking about suicide, teenagers might be more likely to attempt it, but he said Van Pelt says the opposite is true.

“Rich took the stigma off the topic,” Rauschkolb said, referring to the author's presentation for youth ministry leaders.

“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.”

Also planned

Rauschkolb said in addition to the free seminar, Van Pelt is set to speak at a local youth pastors' dinner, talk at chapel services at Crossings School and meet with a local school district's crisis management team.

Van Pelt's presentation will kick off the church's spring speaker series.

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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