According to the CDC (2021), suicide has increased by 33% in only 10 years (1999-2019). Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for over 47,500 deaths in 2019. This is approximately one death every 11 minutes. Suicide has affected all of our lives in one way or another.
Suicide affects people of all ages and is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. This means that we have to consider suicide as a risk factor in the youth of our congregation. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of deaths among people ages 34-54, and the fifth leading cause among those ages 45-54.
Becky Elsbernd, Parish Nurse, Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City, Iowa has contributed an article for our May/June newsletter about her personal experience in suicide prevention and shares some important information. Click here to read her article.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2021). Suicide prevention: Fast facts. Retrieved May 25, 2021 from https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/facts/index.html
Phyllis Bruce, Communications Committee Chair