Archive for October 12th, 2010

Youth Suicide

October 12, 2010

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15-24.  In 2007, (which is the last year that statistics are currently available)  4,140 people aged 15-24 succeeded in committing suicide.   This is a tragedy.

Suicide is an act of hopelessness.  As a country we need to do a better job of offering hope to our young people.  Actually, I would especially call the Christian church to do a better job of presenting its’ message of hope.  God offers us love,healing, wisdom, strength, and other forms of divine assistance.  The church should be a place where people have a support system of people who care for them.  A Christian person should never lose hope.

When a suicide does occur, the family and friends will spend a lifetime dealing with the effects in their own lives.  Here too, God can help.  God understands our pain and is able to offer comfort to those in need.