Suicide

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Mention celebrity suicides and you immediately think of Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, and Kate Spade. Talk about teen suicides and you think of the lost potential of young people. After all, it is the third leading cause of death among 10-24-year-olds.

Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We should take comfort in that verse, but also be the hands and feet of Jesus to reach out to those who are crushed and broken-hearted.

Parents also have an important role to play. Asking your child about suicide does not cause suicidal behavior, but can provide a caring and empathetic conversation that might save his or her life. They should look for warning signs. One study found that four out of five teen suicide attempts were preceded by clear warning signs.

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