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Further to Spiritual Formation


I am grateful to my friend, Dr. James Battle of St. Albert, AB, for getting me started on the line of thinking developed in my fifth discussion of the 2003 convention theme, Sing to the Lord a New Song. Here is some other information Jim has shared with me.

Suicide


Findings derived from research findings that address the problem of suicide in the United States indicate that:

  1. Between 1980 and 1996, the suicide rate for African-American males aged 15 to 19 increased 105 percent.
  2. Suicide is the third ranking cause of death for teens aged 10 to 19 years.
  3. White males 85 years and older die by suicide at a rate that is 6 times the overall national rate.
  4. Suicide rates for women peak between the ages of 45 and 54 and surge again after age 85.
  5. Alcohol is a factor in approximately 30 percent of all completed suicides.
  6. Approximately 7 percent of alcoholics will die by suicide.
  7. 83 percent of gun related deaths in the home are the result of suicide.
  8. Death by firearms is the fastest growing method of suicide.
  9. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. accounting for 1-2 percent of all fatalities.
  10. A person attempts suicide every minute in the U.S.
  11. A person dies by suicide every 18 minutes in the U.S.
  12. 4 males die by suicide for every female, but at least twice as many women as men attempt suicide.
  13. Approximately 80 Americans commit suicide every day.
  14. The suicide rate for white males aged lSto 24 in the U.S. has tripled since 1950.
  15. Suicides out-number homicides two to one every year in the U.S.
  16. Suicides account for nearly 57 percent of all firearms deaths in the U.S.
  17. 60 percent of all suicides in the U.S. involve firearms, the value in Canada is 80 percent.
  18. Annually, approximately 30,000 people in the U.S. commit suicide.
  19. 60 to 90 percent of suicide in the U.S. had a mental illness.

Suffering in Silence
Statistics derived from research conducted in the United States and Canada indicate that:

  1. Approximately 20 percent of Americans and Canadians experience mental disorders that are severe enough to require professional intervention.
  2. Suicide is a major mental health problem which is the number one injury cause of death of both Americans and Canadians.
  3. A person attempts suicide every minute in the United States.
  4. A person dies by suicide every 18 minutes in the United States.
  5. Approximately 80 Americans commit suicide every day.
  6. Suicides out number homicides by two to one every year in the United States.
  7. Sixty percent of all suicides in the United States involve firearms; the value in Canada is 80 percent.
  8. Sixty to 90 percent of Americans who commit suicide have a mental health illness.
  9. Eighty-three percent of gun related deaths in American homes are the result of suicide.
  10. Mental illness can weaken one's immune system and make him or her vulnerable to developing physical illness.
  11. Mental illness can put individuals at risk and result in them experiencing a variety of physical illness including:
    • Ulcers
    • Strokes
    • Heart disease
    • Deaths that are approximately 8.8 years earlier than their counterparts who are not experiencing a mental disorder.

Empirical data regarding the monumental problem of mental illness in Canada and the United States are vivid and clear. However, in spite of this, authorities allocate less funds for the prevention and treatment of these illnesses than they do for physical disorders.

Also, elected representatives, health care agencies and corporations who maintain positions of power in Canada and the United States generally provide fewer resources for their mental health citizens than they do for their counterparts experiencing physical illness. Because of this, the mentally ill continue to suffer in silence.



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