Hope is Here Radio Show Provides Help to Those in Need | New
On average, someone commits suicide about every 11 hours in Kentucky, and suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Kentucky according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Greg Horn, Lexington resident and pastor at Jackson Christian Church, Jackson, Ky., Is the radio host of “Hope Is Here”.
He is also the radio voice of Georgetown College football and basketball games and coaching shows.
He spoke about the radio show at Wednesday’s Georgetown Kiwanis Club meeting at Galvin’s.
The radio show can be listened to on 99.1 FM or found online at WJMM.com at 8:15 a.m. or 12:45 p.m.
In addition to the thousands of central Kentucky who listen to WJMM each month, podcasts of each live program are provided so people can listen at their convenience. In seven months, there were over 8,000 downloads made up of listeners from Connecticut to California for a total of 33 different states and seven foreign countries.
“The show shares the stories of people who have overcome personal tragedies to give hope to others and also to encourage people in their faith,” Horn said.
The idea for the radio show was started by Horn in December 2017, which celebrated the wedding of former Georgetown resident Jacob Russell. The radio show was launched in honor and memory of Russell.
Russell, 38, Georgetown, formerly of DeWitt, Michigan, died on September 12, 2017. He committed suicide and left two daughters, ages 5 and 7.
“Russell was one of the nicest guys and he was a member of my church where I was pastor in Lexington,” Russell said.
Russell was a member of the Knights of Columbus and worked at Toyota Corporation, specializing in packaging and planning management at the Georgetown plant.
“One of the main reasons people kill themselves is because they lose hope,” Horn said.
“There is no demographics that is not affected. Rich, poor, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, young and old, ”Horn said.
Topics on the show include guests who share their personal stories of overcoming personal tragedy. Topics range from suicide, depression, cancer, divorce among other things people struggle with, he said.
“People always want to help, but they don’t know what to do. If people reach out and tell someone they are discouraged or depressed, that’s what I hope they will do, ”Horn said.
It is important to talk about mental illness, he said.
Horn experiences the pain of suicidal thoughts firsthand after losing his former Payless Food Center store in Cynthiana to a flood on March 1, 1997.
“I had to file for bankruptcy and came home and my wife told me she didn’t love me and I lost my business, my house and my marriage in 24 hours,” Horn said .
His story is published in Chapter 6 of the book “Failing Forward,” written by New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell.
“I contacted my friends and family and started seeing a counselor to let them know I was in pain,” Horn said. He also said that his faith in God helped him overcome his difficulties.
Everyone has a story and everyone is in pain over something, but there is help, Horn said.