Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength and love your neighbor as your love yourself. There is no greater commandment than these two. Mark 12:30-31
In the shortest blog post I have written,Could It Be . . .?, I wrote the following:
Could it be what is wrong in our society – the hate, vitriol, quick offenses, racism, the constant tearing down of each other in public and on social media, lack of civility, and the like – we actually do not love ourselves?
Suicide rates among all sectors of society have greatly increased. In my own field, ministry, we are seeing pastors and ministers commit suicide sadly on a regular basis. I recently had a guest at Living Waters who is a campus missionary on one of our college campuses here in Georgia. Suicide is one of the top things they face among college students and the suicide rate among teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016.
Anxiety among adults, teens, and kids are at an all time high. Depression plagues. When one takes anxiety and depression to the next level – suicide – we make everyone aware of the suicide prevention number – 1-800-273-8255. The number could save the next life but what about the life which was just taken?
When will we ever stop to evaluate what is going on? What was happening or not happening in 2006 which recently has been effecting our teens to make the choice of ending their lives? Facebook? Instagram? Snapchat? Why has our culture easily embraced things like emotional support animals and safe spaces without asking what led us to get to this point?
Is it 24 hour information from all around the world through various media outlets in the palm of our hands called cell phones? Is it social media where discontentment reigns because someone always has it better than we do at any moment of our lives? It is the ‘fear of missing out’ where one constantly has to be on their phone or they feel lost, etc.?
We must ask the hard questions but no one wants to talk about the disease and how to eradicate it. Everyone just wants to cope and deal with the aftermath – death, depression, and high anxiety. It is time we address with pink elephant in the room. It won’t be easy but I bet if we eradicate it, it would be so life-giving.
If you or a love one need to talk, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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