Why is the U.S. Suicide Rate Rising?

Photo illustration by Mindy RickettsYesterday’s news of the tragic death of comedian Robin Williams has opened up a national conversation about depression and suicide. Among these is an article from Dan Diamond at Forbes, Robin Williams Death Spotlights the Growing Risk of Suicides Among Baby Boomers. The article explains that suicide rates, particularly among middle-aged Americans, rose 11% between 2006 and 2011.

Today on Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Madrid, Patrick will discuss this article, rising suicide rates, and how to help those in need. To join the discussion, call 888-701-5992 between 1-2pm Pacific. If you aren’t able to tune-in live, you can listen to the show anytime through our Audio Archives.

If you are struggling with depression you don’t have to do it alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has trained, local counselors available 24/7 and they can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. Their web site also has excellent resources for those looking to help family or friends who are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us:

2283 We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.

Let us as a Church pray for the repose of the soul of Robin Williams, and all who have taken their own lives. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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