Suicide Rates Way Up June 14, 2018

The CDC reports that suicide rates in the U.S. jumped 30% from 2000 to 2016. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for all Americans between the ages of 10 to 34. As of 2013, the CDC reported that suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all age groups. This is a very disturbing trend. As I write in Salt and Light, there were 41,149 suicides in 2013, which equates to 113/day. More people committed suicide in 2013 than died collectively in all the Mid-East wars from September 11, 2001, through 2016. During that time, the U.S. lost a total of 8,704 military service men and women, including non-combat related deaths. For further comparison, a total of 58,220 U.S. service personnel died in Vietnam during that war. What is happening in our culture that we are killing ourselves faster than any enemy could do? A culture without Christ breeds the emotional senses of being lost, worthless, hopeless, depressed, unwanted, unneeded, incapable, and guilt-ridden. And this brokenness isn’t cured by the potions, pills or incantations offered by the world.