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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Immaculate Heart Radio broadens scope in Central California

radio-tower-21Immaculate Heart Radio is in the process of acquiring central California radio station, KMPH AM 840. Non-commercial Catholic programming has been airing on the station since July 30; the final purchase is set to record this September.

The 5,000 watt facility broadens Immaculate Heart Radio’s presence along the central corridor, filling the gap between Modesto and Madera. The station reaches more than 700,000 new people during the day and more than 2 million nighttime listeners. Doug Sherman, president and founder of Immaculate Heart Radio said:

“This station is remarkable. Its signal allows us to reach an enormous audience of new listeners. We’ve heard from many people in the Central Valley over the years who have wanted to hear our programming, but didn’t live close enough to one of our stations. Now we can reach them.”

The addition of KMPH AM 840 further completes an effort to provide an umbrella of Catholic programming along the coast and inland in California. Each new station is part of IHR’s commitment to bring a message of faith, hope and love to enrich the lives of listeners.

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Hoops and Holiness: New video reflects on basketball and priestly formation

robert barronFr. Robert Barron’s apostolate Word on Fire has teamed up with Spirit Juice Studios to produce a video that explores the demands and joys of the priestly vocation. The video features three seminarians as they prepare for the Fr. O’Malley Invitational, a basketball tournament at Mundelein Seminary that draws hundreds of seminarians from around the country.  As the tournament approaches, the three seminarians reflect on how their love of basketball has helped them in their formation for the priesthood. Seminarian Viet Nguyen says:

“With the seminary it’s a team effort, because we are one Church headed toward one goal. You see, in basketball you have to practice; a good player listens to his coach, listens to his players. In the Catholic faith you have to listen; listen to what other people are saying, as well as in prayer listen to God.”

In the video, Fr. Robert Barron quotes St. John Paul II, who said “The priest’s humanity should be a bridge to Christ.” Fr. Barron goes on to say that he wants “people to see this generation of seminarians – that these are integrated, well-rounded, good people.”

Watch the 12-minute video below or go to Word on Fire for more!

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