Press Release

The Horror of Child Suicide in the United States

By Tim Spiess

November 10th, 2016

The following was published by the Reuters news agency on November 3rd, 2016.

“The suicide rate among U.S. middle school students doubled from 2007 to 2014, surpassing for the first time the incidence of youngsters aged 10 to 14 who died in car crashes, a federal report released on Thursday said.

The steady seven-year rise in middle school suicides, from an annual rate of 0.9 to 2.1 per 100,000, came as traffic deaths among the same age group declined to 1.9 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The motor vehicle mortality rate reported for 2014, the latest year for which such data was available, marked a 60 percent decline from 1999, when the government began tracking such figures.

In aggregate numbers, 425 young people 10 to 14 years of age took their own lives in 2014, compared with 384 who perished in automobile accidents that year, according to the CDC.

Those figures contrasted sharply with figures from 1999, when the rate of middle school students killed in car crashes, was four times higher than the rate among those who died from suicide that year.

"Any rise (in youth suicides) should be of concern, there's no doubt," Mark Kaplan, a professor of social welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a phone interview, commenting on the findings.

"In time we might uncover some reasons, but a cautionary note not to rush to any conclusions from this," Kaplan said.

The underlying causes of suicide are highly complex, making it difficult to explain the trends documented by the CDC, he added.

The leading overall cause of death for Americans 10 to 14 years of age remains accidents of all kinds, including car crashes, accounting for 750 fatalities in that age group in 2014, according to the CDC.

Mortality rates from traffic collisions among all age groups have decreased over several decades in the United States, which observers attribute in part to improved safety features in cars, such as airbags.”

[End of Reuters article.]

Reuters, a large global news service, printed on November 3rd, 2016 a fact released by the CDC on the same day, that young people age 10 to 14 are killing themselves at a higher rate than those who died from car crashes.  The young person suicide rate surpassed those who died in car crashes for the first time in 2014.

What does it say about a society where children aged 10 to 14 are killing themselves at an increasing rate?  The article’s author sites a supposed expert on suicide, and what is his answer to this horror?  “The underlying causes of suicide are highly complex, making it difficult to explain the trends documented by the CDC.”

Very sadly, that is the “answer” from those who have no clue about human nature due to their rejection of some very obvious truths.  People really like to hide in complexity, and this is a great example of it.  What do I mean?  When a person denies certain facts about reality; and yet they are looked to as an “expert”; and they don’t have answers to questions people have; in their self-pride they run to saying, “oh, it is too complex for anyone to understand”.

Lawyers are perhaps best at hiding simple truth in complexity, but they are not alone.  Government regulators are great at making things complex.  Theologians are great at making things complex.  Medical people are great at making things complex.  You see, if you can make things complex, then people become dependent upon you for knowledge in that domain and then you hold power over them and can start taking money from them on that basis.  This is a major way of the world.

In this case, you have a “professor of social welfare” at a big university who sees the suicide rate amongst children has doubled in seven years, and all he has to say is, “well, it is too complex to understand”.  Wow.

Here are some basic facts about human nature that Mr. Kaplan is ignorant of.  People need love and acceptance and they need purpose and hope.  When a human being of any age lacks those things AND cares about those things, they are very susceptible to starting a downward spiral that can lead to suicide.

It really is THAT SIMPLE.

What do I mean when I say, “…and cares about those things…”?  Well, people can harden their hearts and draw into a tight box of selfishness and thus become more like animals which are merely looking to eat and survive each day.  In that state, they don’t care about anything expect themselves and meeting their own base needs.  Sadly, more and more people are heading that way as a defense against the increasingly loveless and materialistic society of people that is the U.S. citizenry.

What is particularly horrific and damning about the fact that 10 to 14 year olds are ending their lives at a significantly increasing rate, is that it has a direct correlation to the adults who are supposed to care for them.  What do I mean?  I mean that the adults who those children experience and look to each day are not providing love or acceptance, purpose or hope.  Stated another way, it is not primarily the children’s fault for killing themselves but rather the adults around them.  The adults simply don’t care (lovelessness) or have lost or turned away from the knowledge necessary to solve the problem.

The evidence of the degradation of the people is all around for anyone who has eyes to see, and this fruit is one of the most tragic.  People living for money and material things…living for themselves and how much they can take from others…people who have turned away not only from a sound moral standard which guides behavior, but away from a loving heavenly Father who seeks to provide that love and acceptance, purpose and hope to all people who just have even a little faith.  NO, religion is NOT the answer and is a big part of the problem since it only provides the moral standard without the spiritual truth.  Here is the truth given by the answer...

"The love of most will grow cold..."

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