Suicide

 
Praise the Lord, everyone.
 
We are living in an era where people taking their life has risen tremendously. Saint of God, this is going on even more in the Christian community. There are many factors that will push a person to feel they have nothing to live for; like bullying, depression, stress, low self esteem, trauma, and abuse.
 
Depression carries a higher risk of suicide than all the other factors on this list. Anyone who expresses these types of thoughts or intentions, please take them seriously. The best way to minimize the risk of suicide is knowing the risk factors and recognizing the warning signs. Saints, we need to know how to respond when someone is thinking of taking their own life. What we say can make the difference between saving a life or that person taking their life. 
 
Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in America. There are more than 43,000 people taking their life and the numbers are growing. Over 1.3 million people in America have attempted suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the age group 10-34. Men commit suicide four times the rate of women, accounting for 78% of suicides in America.
 
Risk factors of suicide vary by age, gender, and ethnic groups. Over 90% of suicides are due to clinical depression or another mental disorder. Often, the problem can be a combination of both. Suicide or suicidal behavior is never normal.
 
Other risk factors for suicide:
  • Prior suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • Substance abuse
  • Family violence
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Chronic physical illness
  • Incarceration
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others
 
Warning signs of suicide:
  • Always talking or thinking about death or suicide
  • Clinical depression
    • Deep sadness
    • Loss of interests
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Eating that gets out of control
  • Having a death wish such as taking risks that could lead to death
  • Losing interest in things you cared about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Saying things like “I wish I wasn’t here”
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
 
Saints of God, be very concerned if a person is exhibiting any of these signs. It’s important that if we encounter this issue, we know what to do and what to say. We are that light in that person’s dark place. What we tell them carries the power of life and death. It can be the difference between saving their life or them making the decision to take their life.
 
I pray that you make the decision to live. God loves you no matter what, He is there for you. He created you in His image and likeness – Gen 1:26(a)
 
Here are some scriptures that will bless you: Isaiah 53:4, Psalms 34:17-19, Psalms 40:1-2, Psalms 55:22, Psalms 115:15, Psalms 124:8, Psalms 138:8(a), Hebrews 13:5(b), 1 Peter 5:7, 1 John 4:4, 1 John 4:16
 
Be Blessed