Anxiety is escalating in our culture. According to recent surveys, more Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed, and anxiety-ridden. Nearly forty million people in the US (18 percent) experience an anxiety disorder in any given year. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in America.
There is a direct link between anxiety and opioid use. Those suffering from anxiety are two to three times more likely to have an alcohol or other substance abuse disorder. Anxiety is linked to heart disease, chronic respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders.
And numerous studies have related anxiety directly to suicide. Compared to those without anxiety, patients with anxiety disorder were more likely to have suicidal ideations, attempted suicides, completed suicides, or suicidal activities.
These were the facts even before the pandemic that is challenging millions of Americans who face mental health issues.
As a pastor and a theologian, Dr. Jim Denison with the Denison Forum is not qualified to offer medical advice or professional counseling to those suffering from anxiety and depression. But he can offer biblical insights on the painful issue of suicide.
So what does the Bible say about suicide?
Additionally, if you are currently wrestling with thoughts of suicide, please consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or go to their website: suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Seeking help in the face of depression and suicidal thoughts is the right decision and admitting the need for that help is one of the strongest and most courageous steps you can take when facing these temptations. See our pinned comment for more help if you’re currently struggling.