“Mark’s Story”

Mark deeply loved his family.  He was very intelligent and would always come up with thought provoking questions.  He was insightful and often shared hilarious/colorful perspectives when in conversation, causing his mother to laugh and yell at him.  He enjoyed sports and was quite the athlete; often displaying his Ninja like abilities with his god friend by climbing trees, light poles, doing flips, and scaling buildings.  His favorite sport was football and he briefly played for his school team.  From a little boy, Mark dreamed of becoming a surgical doctor and had begun making plans to attend Stratford School of Health Sciences or Roxbury Community College’s Nursing Program in efforts to purses this dream.

As a young teen, Mark looked forward to working in the summer.  He participated in Youth Ministry and accepted Christ.  He was also involved in the church’s Academy of Broadcasting and produced a mini video about the negative impact of gun violence.

Mark was always very sensitive and, in his own way, he carried the weight of the world and that of his family; on his shoulders.  Since mid-adolescence Mark courageously struggled with depression and Past Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Depression and PTSD is a disease of the mind, a mental health issue that distorts ones thinking.  It must be properly treated or it becomes a silent killer..

October 2018

Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Blessings to each of you; my yokefellows in the GOSPEL.

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. September 22, 2018 is known as the Autumnal Equinox or the “First Day of Fall.”  This seasonal change influences our bodies and our moods.  As pastors, ministers and church leaders we need to have a heighten sense of awareness. Let’s create a dialogue! We need to be aware and watchful.  We are the watchmen!

“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet,

so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them,

that person is taken away in his iniquity,

but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.” Ezekiel 33:6 ESV

I attended the funeral of a 19 year old young man who took his own life. The family has chosen to share the cause of his death in hopes of helping someone else and bringing awareness to the increasing rate of suicide. 

I share this with you because I want us, as clergy, to be on our guard.  Also, I firmly believe the types of mental health problems that come to the pastor’s office are generally the same as come to other mental-health providers.  According to Hall and Garfield (2013), building bridges between clergy and mental-health providers will assure the urban parishioner the best possible service:

Below is a list of resources provided by the family to help anyone who might be struggling with mental health issues, dealing with depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

For the National Suicide Prevention Hotline call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time day or night 24/7, to talk with someone who understands or go online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Samaritans, Inc. (https://samaritanshope.org/)

Samaritans, Inc. serves the greater Boston and Metro West Communities in Massachusetts.  Befriending individuals in crises. They are a non-denominational, not-for-profit volunteer organization; dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide and educating the community about effective prevention strategies.  Samaritans, Inc. serves more than 100,000 people each year.  The services provided focus on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Hotlines: (617) 247-0220
(508) 875-4500
(800) 252-TEEN – Teen line
(877) 870- HOPE – Statewide

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact CenterCory Johnson Program for Post – Traumatic Healing https://rpcsocialimpactctr.org/

Thursday night programming Call 617-445-2116 for more information.

Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T.)


Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T.), under the leadership of Boston Medical Center and with the support of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, provides a comprehensive, highly integrated system of crisis intervention and treatment services to the greater Boston area; to children, adolescents, adults, including the elderly, the homeless, mentally ill.

If you or someone in your family is in crisis, please call 1-800-981-4357 for guidance. This toll-free number can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week to obtain services. Staff at the one 1-800-981-HELP Call Center will provide support, information, referral, our range and in person evaluation.


  • Immediate information and referral
  • Psychiatric evaluation 
  • Crisis intervention in treatment (including psychopharmacology)
  • 14-bed short term Community Crisis Stabilization program (up to 3–5 days stay).
  • Referral for ongoing treatment.


Dr. Larry Green Sr., President
Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Boston & Vicinity Inc.
Pastor | Teacher | Conference Facilitator
Staying Focused on the SON.​​