Glenn: We all have a part to play

Glenn talks a lot about how he doesn't always know what God's plan is, but that he often finds himself in prayer and moved to do certain things - even if he doesn't know why. For over five years, he has focused on delivering news and opinion that can't be found on any other network, while also uniting and energizing libertarians and conservatives through live events and inspirational programming on TV. But most loyal viewers have heard Glenn say that a few days after Restoring Honor in 2010, he told his wife Tania that he was "standing in the wrong place".

While Glenn has been ringing the bell and sharing the news that the mainstream media refuses to tell, he also knows it's time to expand into films, music, and other projects so that he can impact the culture and reach people who have never heard the message because they aren't tuned into the news of the day. That effort, the need to keep the people who are awake focused and energized while also expanding the choir, was the focus of Wednesday's monologue.

Below is a transcript of Wednesday's monologue:

This is the network that you are building, and you are building quite a building. You really are. What you are building is going to have vast ramifications, and it’s good. I will tell you, some days I am so sick of talking about this President and the people in his administration. They’re overwhelming the system, we got it.

He’s got so many lies out there, there’s not enough time in a 24-hour day to cover all of them, and honestly even if I could cover all of them, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life doing this. Do you? I mean, don’t you just want to – all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these rights life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I want to pursue the things that make me happy. How about you?

I just feel like we’re preaching to the choir, and we’ve been here for a while. And the choir is sick of it. I got it, I got it. We need some more choir. That’s what we need. We built this network, we built this network to cover the stories that no one else covers, to ask the questions that no one else asks, things like the president enrollment claims that he gave in his ridiculous speech yesterday, we had 7.1. No, he didn’t. No, he did not. Paying, the number is between 2 million and as low as 800,000. Where is the press?

Or how about this one, Mr. President, is it true you hired a socialist in the Consumer Protection Bureau? Really, a socialist? Despite the stark realities of socialism in Venezuela where they’re actually now on the streets, they’re facing food rationing, they’re being issued ID cards to track their grocery purchases. You can go and get your groceries, sure. You can’t go into a grocery store for another eight days. That’s socialism.

I get it. Do you get it? You think this guy is not a socialist? I know who he is. You know who he is. The problems persist, and somebody has to tell the truth. That’s why we call one of our main shows For the Record, because somebody has to say for the record, this is the truth. And we’ll continue to tell it here at TheBlaze. My job as I see it is multifaceted, but the longest one, the one I got off the stage in 8/28, and I went on vacation. And I said to my wife we’re standing in the wrong place.

I knew I was supposed to build something, and I was supposed to build a network and draw a crowd to get people to know there is a place for truth. The truth can be heard. You can network with other people. We’ve done that. I found out last night we now finished the month with 35 million unique visitors last month. You can play page view game all you want, but this is 35, that’s 10% of the U.S. population now last month visited TheBlaze. Those are not repeat, 35 million unique users.

That makes TheBlaze the 43rd largest website in the country. That’s ahead of news sites like FOXNews.com, CNN.com. I remember CNN, when I was at CNN, they were telling me that CNN.com was bigger than the actual network. TheBlaze is now bigger than CNN.com. It’s bigger than theNewYorkTimes.com, bigger than NBC News. It’s incredible. It’s absolutely incredible.

I’m going to fill you in because if you speak it into existence, it happens. I gave a goal to my staff of 41 million Americans read TheBlaze every month. That was my year end goal, 41 million. I will tell you that by election day, not this year, by the election, I want 75 million. So you know, that is so unheard of, that number. That would put us in the top 10 websites in the entire country, and in the top 10, Google, Facebook. That’s who you’re playing ball with.

We’ve got to get into 75 million, my real goal honestly, 100 million, dream big. My job is to expand the footprint for the truth and not to get bogged down. And I got so angry this morning when I hear all this stuff, I’m like I got it. And I know you feel the same way. But as soon as you start to feel the anger, they’ve got you. Those in power, that’s what they want.

When we are consumed by their corruption, their dysfunction, their lies, it empowers them because it hardens our hearts. It makes you go no way out, nothing left to do, just give up, close up, close in, turn in, grab your family. You need a way out. You and I both want to be more than just the fan that points to the problem and cheers for our side, and when somebody gets it wrong we say yeah, well, we told you. We don’t want to be I told you.

I don’t care about Washington, but we have to solve the problem so you and I can get and do what we’re supposed to do. Now, a big part of that solution is staying informed. I get it. I get it. But a bigger part is getting involved. This is why I told you take the 40-day and 40-night challenge. This is before 8/28, a few months before because I could feel something big happening, and I knew it. And I said we’ve got to be bigger people.

And the last line in the Declaration of Independence is with firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. And I said I want you to really live that last line. I want you to know what every word really means to you, and I want you to get down on your knees and ask a few questions.

There are four steps that I asked you to do. And millions of Americans did it. And if you’ve already done it, do it again. If you’ve done it over and over again, if you know all of this, I want you to get this book. This book, I think, is changing my life, I really do. I have been praying differently, in fact, we’ve been praying around this building. There’s a group of us that walk every afternoon at the end of our day, and we pray around this building.

And I found out early this morning that somebody else has been praying around this building that works for me, and I didn’t have any idea. He happened to be here early, early, early this morning, and somebody said to him what are you doing? He says I just feel like I should pray around this building. He didn’t know that we were praying around this building, and I felt compelled to pray around this building.

Then I read this book, and then I’m like oh crap, I really have to pray around this building. He didn’t read this book. He’d never talked to me. He didn’t know we were even doing it. He said to me just about an hour ago when I talked to him, “I felt like in prayer that I was supposed to do that. We’re supposed to do that, Glenn.” I don’t know what God is doing, I really don’t. I have no idea. You don’t know how many times I’m in this position going, “I don’t get it, it won’t work, I don’t know what you’re doing.” And every time, he says you don’t have to, just do it.

Whatever he’s doing does not revolve around me or revolve around this. It revolves around him, and we all have a part in it. This is one little piece. My piece is one little piece, and I think it will all make sense in the end. I think we’re all going to stand back and go holy cow, but being a part of it is going to change your life. It will refocus you on everything that really matters. And once you do that, once you do your part, whatever it is, you’re going to change the lives of others all around you.

And at the same time, if we can continue to grow the footprint, the size of the choir, a ripple effect across the whole world, millions of people. Five years ago, think of this, I was on stage in Washington, D.C. for that, and you were there. And we were so worried about our country. I’m just as worried as I was then. But we were begging people, I know, because I took your phone calls, begging people rise up, please, anyone, rise up and serve, isn’t there anyone with some integrity and some brains that will serve?

We were looking for the next George Washington. It’s happening. It’s happening. Mark it, declare it, it’s happening. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, the candidates that are sprouting up all across the country, people like Ben Sasse. That guy’s a good guy, Matt Bevin, unbelievable, Greg Brannon, hello?

And there’s more, and if they don’t happen to be in your district or your state, support them because those are the guys that were called. They heard the call because of you and millions of others just like you that took a stand in life and said you know what, this is what we need in this country. And they heard the call, and now they’re there. Now’s not the time to retreat or say I’m tired. Now’s the time to double down.

Saturday, I’m going to FreePAC. I am really tired, I’m tired of traveling. I was on the plane on Sunday, and I said I can’t take travel anymore. I’d much rather be with my family at home, and I know you feel the same way. We are not different. I love my children, and I love my family. And I’ve never, ever been in this position in my whole life where I’ve wanted to spend time with all of my children and my wife more than I do right now.

But we’ve got to stay in the game because we are close. These elections this fall really matter. So we’ve got to buckle down, work hard, get into the ground game, promote from within, and increase the ranks of the choir. ObamaCare is going to collapse on its own weight, and before things get better, understand, it’s going to get much, much worse.

On Sunday, there was an economist, his name is Martin Armstrong, he posted an article about civil unrest. He warned governments to wake up. He said wake up, “for we are on the brink of a major convergence between both the cycle of civil unrest, civil war & revolution an international war.” He said he’s never seen anything like this. The cycle has not been like this, there’s a cycle to war, he said it’s not been like this since the 1700s.

And he said democracies, Democratic republics, you’re in trouble. It’s not just the Communist dictators because your people have sold you out too. You know it, you feel it. In fact, you know this song by heart. I mean, how many times have we sung the song that he was just singing? For years, for years – the protest, cascade, sweep the Middle East, destabilize Europe and the rest of the world to work together against Israel, against capitalism, and together overturn stability. That’s it.

And the time is here, and the time for us now to go outside the walls because the harvest in the field is white. It’s going to be tough, but it’s an opportunity to show people the truth and get new people on board. Last week, I went to Los Angeles. I was working on some projects because we’re going to go into the film business. I don’t know how, I don’t have the money, but we’re going into the film business. And so I went out to Los Angeles.

This is me on the Paramount set, and we were looking how they were building sets and how they use their space. And after this, I went to speak at the Friends of Abe in Hollywood. What an incredible room of talented people that was, I mean, mind boggling. There are so many in Hollywood that have reached out to me since. I’ve never done this before, I think there were, well, there were several hundred people there, and I just gave out my private e-mail address and said here, you guys can have my e-mail address.

And I can’t tell you how many people have reached out to me wanting to do something to impact the culture. And I don’t mean with me, per se. I mean, they’re doing it themselves. But that’s where we need to be, and I don’t mean in Hollywood. I mean where people actually live. The blown opportunity for Hollywood with Noah is staggering. I have a list on my desk, it is a mile long of projects, shows, television shows, news programs, films, stage, music, you name it, everything. It’s a mile long, and none of those things have anything to do with President Obama and his stupid fake healthcare numbers because that’s going to come crashing down. What comes after?

Don’t be anywhere near the crash site when it comes down. Don’t get bogged down in the mud. We have to lift ourselves and each other out and show them the light, and I don’t mean light in the PC sense. There is something huge at play here, and it’s bigger than the Republicans and the Democrats. It’s bigger than money. It’s bigger than jobs. It’s bigger than you. It’s bigger than me. And I know it’s true because look at how Hollywood is self-destructing on Noah, and meanwhile, there’s two God films out that are not coming through the Hollywood system.

One is God’s Not Dead, which is huge. I haven’t seen it yet, but I hear great things about it, and it’s gigantic. And the other one is Heaven is For Real. Heaven is For Real is a movie from Sony. I watched this last night. It’s great, and it’s about a kid, it’s from a bestseller. That kid doesn’t die on the table. He has his appendix burst, and he almost dies, but he sees heaven. And his dad believes him, wants to believe him, but isn’t sure because he’s a preacher, and what he’s saying isn’t quite right, isn’t quite lining up. And the kid has no business knowing this. You’re four, what are you talking about?

And I’m watching this movie, and it’s speaking to me in a whole different way because that movie is saying exactly what I heard my dad say as he died, his last words, things my father would never say. My father’s last words were, “Okay, I understand. I’m ready. Take me with you.” My dad wasn’t that guy. And as I’m watching this last night, I say to my kids, this is the same story.

Now, why is God telling that kid, why did that happen with my dad? I think it’s for you. I’m supposed to tell you there is a God, there is a heaven, there is a plan. He’s got it under control. Have you always had everything you’ve ever needed? Even in your worst times, have you had everything you needed? Yes. You will again, no matter what comes our way.

The truth is there is a plan. You have a purpose, and you’ve got to get to it. I don’t know what it is, but he’s going to help you carry out that purpose. Just do what he says. At the end of the day, if we just remember that the best farmer in the world is still at the mercy of God for weather and rain, not too much sun but some sun, not too much rain but some rain, the best fisherman in the world doesn’t control the seas. We are nothing when we stop doing the things he’s telling us to do. We’re nothing without him. But with him and with each other, we’re unstoppable.

Editor's Note: Glenn spoke more about the idea of expanding the choir in Wednesday's morning meeting.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author