A month ago, I wrote about how the weakened economy most likely would lead to an increase in family murders and suicides. I also confessed to you about my own suicide plans when I was nineteen years old. The bleakness of the economic outlook was reflected in a couple of national polls that revealed a growing number of Americans do not believe their children will be better off than they, the parents are.
A recent report just released supports what I said back then. In the past decade, there has been a 15% increase in the nation’s suicide rate. In 2009, 37,000 Americans died by their own hands. Suicides have increased so much that they are now considered to be the number one cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., even surpassing deaths from automobile crashes. Some suicide experts believe the rate is higher than that being reported as many suicides are not reported as such.
What these figures don’t reflect are the many thousands of failed suicide attempts. From my conversations with suicide counselors, there are numerous attempts for each successful suicide. A large percentage of these are not reported because of the negative stigma it casts on the family.
The federal government will be initiating a suicide prevention plan known as the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, costing $56 million which President George W. Bush signed in 2004. The act was named after the son of U.S. Senator Gordon’s Smith son who committed suicide. Sen. Smith says the prevention program will hopefully save as many as 20,000 lives.
If they really want to help lower the suicide rate in America, throwing millions of dollars at it is not the solution. The first thing that MUST be done is to bring Christ and Bible back into public life. America was founded as a Christian nation. Bibles were used as textbooks in the schools. In fact, Congress even allocated funds to print thousands of Bibles to be used in schools. Biblical principles, values and morals were also taught in the schools and children learned early on to respect their parents and others.
You can chronologically map the increases in various crimes and suicides and you will find that they have a direct correlation to the removal of God, Christ and Bible from schools and public life. I know it won’t prevent all suicides, but if America returned to its Christian roots, values and principles, I’m sure it would drastically drop.
The second thing we can do to help decrease the suicide rate is to replace Obama with someone who can actually help improve the economy and job market. Under Obama’s leadership, or lack thereof, society has only become more depressing and more people are losing all hope and turning to alcohol, drugs and suicide. If we had a president and Congress who actually cared for the people and knew what they were doing, conditions could improve. With an improved economy and job market, people will once again start to have hope and with hope comes life, not death.