If Suicide's the Answer, What's the Question?
Just a couple weeks ago, the CDC revealed the latest statistics for the suicide rate in the US.
Since 1999, the suicide rate in the US is up 30 percent.
In Missouri, it's up 36 percent.
Almost no one can claim that they haven't been somehow touched by suicide ... a family member, a close friend, or a coworker.
The statistics for the US are haunting:
- For every death by suicide, 25 others made an attempt.
- Two veterans commit suicide every day.
- Women vets are 250 times more likely to commit suicide that other women.
- One of the demographics most at risk is white males.
- More women attempt suicide ... more men succeed.
- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death overall, but with the third leading cause of death in kids ages 10 to 14 – and the second leading cause for young adults ages 15 to 34.
If the numbers tell us anything it's that for many people, suicide seems to be the answer to many of life's dilemmas.
Starting this week, The Weekly Conversation will make an attempt to understand this phenomena, to see try and understand God's point of view on the matter, and find ways to turn those statistics around.
We're strongly encouraging our members to not only attend this important series, but to be very intentional in inviting their Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, Neighbors, Co-Workers ... and pretty much Everyone else. This promises to be a life-changing series.