Speaking in public is not new to me. I have regular opportunities at my local Toastmasters chapter to share my story about my father’s suicide and it's far-reaching effects in one's life. Also, for several years, I was the coordinator and one of the main speakers at After God’s Heart, a women’s community Bible study.
In my family, suicide was one of those “unmentionable” topics. But ignoring it never made the pain go away. Silence only added to that pain. Speaking candidly about this topic paired with truths from God’s word, can give everyone a ray of hope.