You’ve no doubt read the suicide news about fashion designer and businesswoman, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, author and documentary reporter. Fans from all over the world lit up the social media with heartfelt thoughts and condolences spotlighting new awareness to the plight of suicide. But what about those who are suffering alone and in silence … those that you don’t know or hear about in the news?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. It is significant that the study claims that suicide is not just a mental health issue. It’s an issue for anyone struggling with serious life problems: strained relationships; financial problems; physical health issues; and substance abuse … and that includes just about everyone as far as I can tell.
Although The CDC has calculated that suicides from opioid overdoses nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014, data from a 2014 national survey showed that individuals addicted to prescription opioids had a 40 to 60 percent higher risk of suicidal tendencies. Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them.
I conclude that we need to teach people coping skills. Everyone has many difficult life seasons. The good news is that one can learn how to maneuver through life’s temporary storms. Without the help, training and education provided at Faith Farm Ministries, many of our students would become one of these statistics. I conclude that when a loved one is in crisis or hurting, they may require help which you cannot offer … help disguised as a consequence. I know from my own loved one’s experience that I had to stop loving him to death. I had to get out of God’s way, and God did much better than I ever could.