This isn’t the average post, but I feel like it needs to be said.
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year (my favorite, actually), filled with wonderful music, family, friends and beautiful decorations. But for some people it is a hard season. The subject of suicide has come up several times recently in the past few weeks and I think it’s a taboo topic that people want to avoid, but maybe the problem is, we’re not talking about it.
Here are some statistics on depression and suicide from the National Institute of Mental Health:
- Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44.3
- Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.1, 2
- While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5
- Major depressive disorder is more prevalent in women than in men.6
- The highest suicide rates in the U.S. are found in white men over age 85.9
- Four times as many men as women die by suicide9; however, women attempt suicide two to three times as often as men.10
- Statistics from http://www.nimh.nih.gov
Carl and his band played for the Out of the Darkness walk to help raise awareness and support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
It was so moving to see friends and family share the lives of the ones they had lost.
In Romans 12:
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; …
12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation,devoted to prayer, …
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
As the church we are called to support our brothers and sisters in times of need, and also reach out to those who my not know Christ. Please be sure to reach out and share your joy this season, and let your loved ones know that you care.
For more information on suicide prevention, visit: http://www.afsp.org