Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. It's estimated that 90% of people who attempt or die by suicide have one or more mental health conditions. Also, in the UK, research has shown many people who die by suicide have a mental illness most commonly depression or an alcohol/substance problem. Suicide is also strongly connected to feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.
Can you imagine how much pain a person must feel who is contemplating taking their own life? There are many ways to help prevent this tragedy by tackling other issues like bullying and substance abuse. Think of ways your WAVE can address suicide and let people know their life matters to Jesus.
Sydney - “I am going to combat suicide on my college campus by starting a Bible study surrounding identity in Christ. My hope is that people will find their identity in Christ instead of the problems of this world, giving them a place to turn for hope and strength in hard times, and that we will grow stronger together as a community of believers in Jesus!”
Sadie - “I plan to tackle this issue by using my own experience with suicide and show youth that it is not an answer and God can pull you close and help guide you through the rough times and it's not your time.”
Kaela - “I'm starting a support group that anyone can attend for whatever problems they may have.”
Jacqueline - “I plan to tackle this issue by making others feel worthy and helpful. My sister has depression and always wants to free herself by blocking me out. I constantly tell her that I love her, and I will always need her but she then says, "you don't need me." I want to make a difference not only to her but to others by showing love to the people I meet on a daily basis. I plan to tackle the issue with love.”
Carly - “I struggled for around 2-3 years with thoughts of suicide, self harm, and depression. I want to create a group of sorts that meet and pray about these issues and I would like to get the word around my school so people know we are there to help, talk, pray, and offer any help possible. In this generation suicide is such a big problem and I want to help as much as I can by spreading the love of Jesus Christ. God gave his life for me, and I want to do everything I can to make sure I give mine back.”