An epidemic of despair

suicideSince the turn of the century, the suicide rate has increased in 49 states, representing a shocking 25% increase nationally. This is a life issue. Iowans for LIFE wants to alert you of a suicide prevention workshop tomorrow night, 6:30PM, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church conducted by Randy Kiel.

The workshop is titled, “When low becomes too low.” It is a Catholic-centered workshop on adolescent and adult depression and suicide.

Randy Kiel is the founder of Kardia Counseling, a private counseling practice located in Des Moines, IA. A licensed mental health counselor with more than 25 years of clinical experience, Randy is an expert of psychotherapy in marriage, family counseling, depression and anxiety, suicide, ADHD, and integration of Catholic spirituality.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death between the ages of ten and 34, so bring your teenagers and college aged children.

This workshop will equip you to better understand how to:

  • Protect yourselves and your children from becoming “too low” with depressed thoughts.
  • Respond to people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.
  • Train the brain to pull up from lows.
  • Contemplate God’s response to suicidal thoughts.
  • Take home new insights for the well-being of self and others.

Here in Iowa, the suicide rate increased 36.2% from 1999 to 2016. Seventeen states have higher rates. Five percent of Iowans have been diagnosed with major depression.

Deacon Randy Kiel says that in the midst of this epidemic of despair, there is hope. Arm yourself with the knowledge to help you and your loved ones get through the times ‘when low becomes to low.’


Wednesday, November 6th

6:30PM to 8PM in the Holy Trinity Sanctuary, 2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310

All are welcome, no RSVP required