Make a Difference
Between 1999 and 2015 suicide rates in the U.S. increased 24% according to an article in the Wall Street Journal on April 22, 2016. The growing numbers in every age group are alarming. The World Health Organization estimates there are 1,000,000 suicides a year, with that number expected to double by the year 2020.
Why? All the statistics show the increase but offer very little information as to why that number is growing. You and I could probably list many reasons why we think suicides are on the rise, but the fact is they have increased and those who compile the statistics predict they will continue. How sad! I’m not willing to read an article or see a statistic and accept the trend without trying to do something to alter the trend.
I know we’re talking about a worldwide epidemic; however, with all the technology available I believe something can be done. If a video posted on YouTube can reach millions of viewers in a matter of a couple days, then so can the message “Suicide is Not a Solution.” With the availability of self-help books on suicidal thoughts, books on depression and spiritual guides for depression, clinics available to help those suffering, associations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and chat rooms for those who suffer or struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide, there are practically unlimited resources for people to get necessary help.
The Internet is loaded with information, and more people today than ever have access to the web. There are over fifty search engines worldwide, giving those suffering access to the information that can help them. We lose enough people through disease, terrorist attacks, accidents, and crime without suicide becoming a growing contributor.
In the U.S. military the loss of men and women to suicide is higher than deaths from enemy fire and accidents! This is a huge social problem and it’s time something is done about it.
Through my research and discussions about Don’t Jump! It’s Only a Bump I discovered that suicide has touched many if not most households, but it’s something people don’t like to talk about. I agree it’s a very sad topic because it appears there is very little we can do about it. But something can be done!
The Jason Foundation is a proactive group getting Congress to write laws state by state requiring teachers to undergo training to help them identify teenagers with suicide tendencies and help them. This is one of many organizations.
Depression is very real and affects millions of people. Let’s reach out and help those suffering. Encourage them to seek professional help. There are many self-help books available about depression. Churches provide many different services for individuals and groups suffering from depression, addictions, abuse—the list goes on and on.
There’s no simple solution that fits every circumstance, but one thing for sure if we choose to do nothing and accept the current trend is that the suicide rate will continue to rise. However, if we collectively make an effort I believe we can change the trend. I also believe helping those who suffer so that by giving them HOPE of better days ahead they will develop a reason to want to live. Life is wonderful even with its difficulties.
The abundant life is within reach through Jesus Christ! Hope of a good life and eternal life is available to all. Suggestion: read the Bible and pray. You and I can make a difference. Spend some money and time, and love those hurting.