According to 2017 statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
- Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,000 people.
- Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
- There were more than twice as many suicides (47,173) in the United States as there were homicides (19,510).
- 8 Million Americans adults had serious thought of committing suicide in 2017.
- 8 Million American adults made suicide plans in 2017.
- 3 Million American adults attempted suicide in 2017.
Jesus Christ made a bold statement in the Gospel of John 10:10, when He said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The message of Jesus Christ is a life-transforming message, bringing an abundant life and making life worth living.
Suicide is most often the result of overwhelming despair, which leaves a person with feelings of no hope and thoughts that suicide as the best option to end their suffering. In addition to despair, people suffer shame for having suicidal thoughts and avoid seeking help.
There is hope and healing through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and deliverance from the despair as we allow Him to work in us.
Our approach to suicidal thought counseling is,
- The development of a personal Temperament Profile for the client, identifying internal pressures that contribute to the feelings of despair.
- We ask the client to complete specific assessments (most available online) to determine the root cause of depressing and anxious thoughts.
- We develop a formal treatment plan and perform frequent evaluations to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Clear Biblical explanations of key passages that address the spiritual and emotional struggles the client has experienced.
- The client finds help in a non-judgmental, nurturing environment.