Losing faith in God and declining religiosity are among the top reasons why young adults in America are increasingly committing suicide, according to the conservative Family Policy Institute of Washington.
The nonprofit organization explored the cultural conversations that the Netflix teen drama “13 Reasons Why” has stirred in recent months, and noted that teen suicide is a real and growing issue in America.
The show, based on the novel of the same name, explores the life and suicide of a high schooler named Hannah Baker, detailing 13 reasons why she chose to kill herself.
Blaine Conzatti, a columnist and research fellow at the FPIW, wrote in an article last week: “Many young adults are turning to suicide as an escape from the pressures of life. From 2000 to 2015, the suicide rate increased 27 percent among those aged 20 to 35 (the U.S. average suicide rate among all age groups increased by almost 21 percent during the same time period).”
“Washington State’s suicide rate is 16 percent higher than the national average,” he added, citing statistics from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Conzatti doesn’t agree with many experts who cite increased economic hardship and inadequate mental health services for the recent rise in suicide. He noted that “life on earth has never been better” and that there has been an increase in mental health funding over recent decades.
He instead pointed to cultural shifts, specifically offering four important reasons why suicide has been on the rise.
“Young Americans have increasingly disconnected from religious institutions over the last few decades, choosing instead to live according to their own ‘personalized spirituality’ or rejecting religion entirely,” he pointed out, citing “decreased religiosity.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post