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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
5 Things to Do When Someone Hints at Taking His Life

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Millions of Americans are in pain fighting loneliness, anxiety and depression.
  • Time magazine's recent cover story declares, "The Anti Antidepressant. Depression Afflicts 16 Million Americans."

  • A new study reveals, "Loneliness is now a greater health issue than obesity."  The magnitude of the problem showed 43 million Americans risking premature death.

  • Chester Bennington, leader of Linkin Park, killed himself after his struggles with depression and drug addiction. Our Nashville mayor's only son just died from marijuana and Xanax, a drug used to treat depression.

  • After Netflix's series, 13 Reasons Why, glamorized killing oneself, Google queries on how to commit suicide spiked 20 percent.

  • A front-page article of USA Today on Aug. 7, 2017, "Quality of Care for PTSD and Depression in the Military Health System" revealed suicide among troops spiked to crisis proportions. The rates doubled from 2005 to 2012 according to the Pentagon.

One of every three Americans is taking opioid painkillers. This is an epidemic unprecedented in U.S. history! Last week our president called it a "national emergency."

The National Institute on Drug Abuse stated 91.8 million citizens seek relief through these drugs to alleviate pain and help them "cope."  "America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks."

Prescription-drug use has skyrocketed alongside recreational drugs like marijuana. Millions "get high" to mask the pain.

Today, I counseled a fellow who smoked weed for a decade prior to his conversion. Only a transformational experience with Jesus set him free!

What should we do with increasing numbers of people inching close to suicide while numbing themselves with drugs? read more
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