Earlier this summer, reports said teen suicide rates are the highest ever on record in the United States. Per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34.
The reports found a sharp rise in suicides, especially among teenage boys. Based on data from 1999-2017, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that at any given age, the average American has a 33 percent likelihood of death by suicide. In 2017, the CDC determined suicide as the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.
The Los Angeles Times reports potential contributions to the rise in suicide rates include high rates of depression and anxiety. However, it appears officials are more willing to acknowledge suicide as a cause of death, too. The connection between high levels of social media use and suicide has also come into question.
Suicide and Spiritual Warfare
With statistics this high, where is the Church? And how can it respond to this crisis? For Set Free Ministries, their response deals with the spiritual warfare side of this issue.
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SOURCE: Mission News, Bethann Flynn