"My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me." ~ Psalm 31:15
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, " Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year 44,193 Americans die by suicide. (We estimate the numbers to be higher. Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting, and data collection methods critical to suicide prevention need to be improved.) For every suicide 25 attempt. Suicide costs the U.S. $44 Billion annually."
Additional Facts about Suicide in the US:
- The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.26 per 100,000 individuals.
- Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
- On average, there are 121 suicides per day.
- White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2015.
- Firearms account for almost 50% of all suicides.
- The rate of suicides is highest in middle age- white men in particular. (AAFSP site)
Anxiety and depression are also key triggers of suicide in women of all ages. Basically, people who are suicidal are drowning in their sporadic emotions, confusion and despair. While people in general can experience bouts of despair it's important to recognize the triggers, and identify ways to help overcome the tendencies. Click the link below to find out how to stamp out depression for good.
Moreover, as a servant of God, and a subscriber to a biblical worldview, I always search the scriptures which has the answers God wants us to have concerning our lives and how to best learn of the many ways He comforts and helps us through every storm. I have given you statistics above, and even a man made resource out of love and empathy for one another as a means to be rid of suicide triggers. But let's look at suicide from God's view point.
You see, God's servants also felt and lived through moments of despair, and anger which caused them to desire to end their lives, but by faith, they remembered God's promises which gave them comfort in trying times. Let's be clear suicide like murder and other transgressions of God's law is also a sin. For it it is murder of self- hence it is murder! The Bible speaks specifically of six people who committed suicide, namely - Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul's armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4-6, Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas ( Matthew 27:5). Please note that five of these men were known for their wickedness.
However, others fell deep into despair, namely- King Solomon, who in his pursuit for vanity, hated his life (Ecclesiastes 2:17). Elijah was fearful and depressed and yearned for death (1 Kings 19:4). Jonah was also angry at God that he wished to die (Jonah 4:8). Even the Apostle Paul and his companions worked under extreme pressures and stress but the lesson of all these men far exceeds that of others in that; Solomon learned to fear, trust, and keep God's commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind" (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Jonah received admonition and rebuke from the Lord. While Paul learned that, although the pressure he faced was beyond his ability to endure, the Lord can bear all things: "This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1:9).
So according to the Bible, suicide is a sin. Like all sins Christ died so that we may all be saved, no matter the depths of despair, there is always a way out. We must remember our loved ones and the pain it brings them when we choose to forget that God can heal and that we all feel pain together even though we don't admit it. May God grant His grace to each one who is facing trials today (Psalm 67:1).
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" ~ Romans 10:13
Let no one judge another who contemplates suicide but rather, help them to move past their time of despair in hopes of total healing and transformation. Let love abide at all times.
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Love and Light,
Crystal E. Melville, Th.D
Sources: American Association for Suicide Prevention, The Holy Bible, GotQuestions.org