*Hope deferred makes the heart sick. That’s what it says in the bible, because God made our brains and emotions and knows how it feels when life lets us down. How many times have we said to ourselves,
“It must take some guts to throw yourself under a train.”
“How sad must someone be to swallow bleach.”
“How desperate the soul to put a rope round your neck and kick the stool away.”
The thing is, without Jesus there is no hope. He died to save us from the devil and to save us from ourselves. We need him oh so desperately and statistics show this to be true.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Mental Health Findings:
Suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death among persons aged 15-34 years.
Suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14 years.
According to the Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2017:
There were 6639 reported suicides in the UK & Irish Republic in 2015
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
There are approximately 121 suicides in the USA per day.
In the UK, 231 young people between the ages of 10 – 19 took their own lives in 2015. (Office for National Statistics)
According to Global Statistics, there is one suicide in the world every 40 seconds.
I’m sure you’ll agree that these statistics are shocking. No-one should have to suffer in silence, especially children.