At Least 15 People Die by Suicide Every Day in Iran

Photo courtesy of Heart4Iran on Facebook.

In Iran, 15 people die by suicide every day. Some experts say the true numbers may be higher. Many of these people are either in high school or college.

Mike Ansari with Heart4Iran says, “A lot of Iranians don’t have access to mental health facilities or situations where they can get diagnosed properly and get treatment. So I think that would be a part of it. But the other part of it is about a lack of hope.”

Iranian young people are highly educated and connected to the outside world through the internet. Ansari says they see how far their country has fallen behind in relation to human rights and even economics. “They ask the question, ‘Why is it that I can’t have the freedom that these people have? Why is it that my future is so bleak? Why is it that I cannot, as a woman, be able to enjoy certain civil liberties that other women have?’”

“The simplest thing is being forced to have a hijab, to have a covering.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray young people across Iran will see the love and hope of Jesus.