Editor’s note: World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2016.
More U.S. citizens kill themselves than kill one another each year. That’s stark evidence that proves we are all far more dangerous to ourselves than we are to other people.
The stereotype exists that young people, alone, are the highest risk age group prone to suicide (suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24). Yet from 1999 – 2014 suicide rates increased for both males and females, and all ages between ages 10 to 74.
Suicide prevention is a top priority (to the tune of over $50 million dollars in research and prevention methods) in the military as suicides in all service branches – 4,839 – outpaced the deaths of Americans fighting in Iraq (4,496) during the same period between 2003 – 2014. READ full article at FoxNews – Click here
September 10, 2016 is WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY and I pray my latest FoxNews.com article will literally save lives. As I travel and speak in universities, churches and conferences across North America and the UK, I am reminded at each event of scores of families who are affected by suicide. The church has an unprecedented opportunity (and responsiblity) to show the love of Jesus Christ. Please share this article across your social world in recognition of this important day. – Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.