The Continued Plague Of Suicide In The United States

According to the latest statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics:

"Suicide is increasing against the backdrop of generally declining mortality, and is currently one of the 10 leading causes of death overall and within each age group 10–64 (4). This report highlights increases in suicide mortality from 1999 through 2014 and shows that while the rate increased almost steadily over the period, the average annual percent increase was greater for the second half of this period (2006–2014) than for the first half (1999–2006). 

Increases in suicide rates occurred for both males and females in all but the oldest age group (75 and over). Percent increases in rates were greatest for females aged 10–14 and for males, those aged 45–64. The male-female disparity in suicide rates (as measured by rate ratios) narrowed slightly over the period. Poisoning was the most common suicide method for females in 2014, and firearms were the most frequent for males, but both sexes showed increases since 1999 in the percentage of suicides attributable to suffocation."

Beloved, let's never despair to the point of taking our own life, but realize that life is a gift from God, each of us having a divine purpose for our existence (Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:11-12).

Suicide is never a solution but only adds more heartache and sorrow for those left behind. Rather, live for Christ by serving others, remembering that only what's done for Christ will last.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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